Restorative Practice recognises that the ability to manage relationships is central to lifelong learning and success. The Socratic Method (asking questions) encourages self-reflection, creates the space to be heard and challenges negative behaviour in the context of its impact on others. This process cultivates the capacity to build and maintain significant relationships.
Restorative Practice builds on the theory and practice of Restorative Justice and its key elements: shame, re-integration, explicit practice, fair process and Socratic engagement. As a central practice framework, it ensures our practice is explicit and fair, whilst developing accountability and self-awareness in our client group. It requires practitioners to examine:
Is My Practice:
- Respectful – distinguishing behaviour from the person
- Fair – engaging, with explanations and clarification of expectations
- Restorative – by repairing harm and building relationships
Does My Practice:
- Develop Empathy through reflection, insight and learning
- Enhance responsibility and accountability
- Promote positive behavioural change
Our aim through dialogue is to create those conditions that best support others to:
- Make sense and meaning of what is happening in the lives of young people;
- To work out what is important in all that is happening for young people;
- To identify what needs to change, and responsibilities for young people and their families in this process; and,
- To strengthen their capacity to build and sustain healthy relationships.
Our restorative practice framework is the foundation for how we engage others and has the following distinct characteristics:
- It is explicit.
- Focusses on building and sustaining healthy relationships.
- Is easily shared with families and young people.
- Provides dialogue for families to recognise and appreciate the importance of their relationships.
- Views conflicts and tensions as an opportunity to rebuild or strengthen relationships.
- Provides a common language and practice that ensures that practitioners are operating from the same framework.
- Assists practitioners to become more intentional and consistent in their day-to-day practice.