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Read our latest posts and join in the discussion on a range of subjects related to restorative practice.

Please continue to submit your questions to us at RJdiscussions@restorativejustice.org.uk or @RJCouncil on twitter using the hashtag #RJdiscussion.


 

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Using restorative justice in cases of environmental harm

James Simon
25 September 2019

Environmental crimes could be considered to be "victimless" but is this really the case? The harm caused often affects many people and the communities in which they live and work. Given that the harm caused by environmental "crimes" is often irreparable and, because there is often no identifiable victim, the justice system traditionally relies on punitive measures to hold those causing harm to account, however, it could be argued that this is not the most effective way of repairing the harm caused.

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Using restorative interventions in cases of drug dealing and supply

James Simon
25 September 2019

A question was raised by RJC member Alex Hyatt, Sussex RJ Partnership, about the difficulties in providing restorative interventions in cases of drug dealing and supply.

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Requests for information relating to offender engagement

James Simon
25 September 2019

RJC member Helena Cryer from Lancashire Constabulary contacted us seeking guidance on best practice when receiving requests from the parole board for information related to offender engagement in restorative processes. This is an interesting topic for discussion which I am sure will have many complexities including issues surrounding GDPR and information sharing protocols.

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What is education really for? Findings from the latest restorative practice research

Chris Straker
10 January 2019

A new evaluation of restorative practices in US schools has found restorative practice to have several positive effects, including a reduction in suspension rates and an improvement in overall school climates.

Researchers from RAND Corporation evaluated outcomes for students, teachers and schools at 44 schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Half of these schools had adopted a two-year restorative programme, the other half had not.

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A brave new world: honest evaluations of a challenging educational climate

7 December 2018

This is a guest blog from Tom Procter-Legg, headteacher of Iffley Academy, a special school in Oxford which holds the Restorative Service Quality Mark

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Towards a renewed partnership? Reconsidering the role of religion in restorative justice

24 October 2017

This blog is the third of the RJC’s blog series highlighting how restorative practice connects with some of the big themes of the day. In this blog, Yutaka Osakabe, a PhD researcher at the University of Aberdeen, reflects on the long-disputed role of religion in restorative justice from his fieldwork.

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Racism in the playground: a restorative response

11 October 2017

This blog is the second of the RJC’s blog series highlighting how restorative practice connects with some of the big themes of the day. In this guest blog, Luke Roberts, restorative practitioner and managing director of Resolve, reflects on how restorative approaches can help staff to address racist incidents in schools.

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Restorative practice in schools: developing responsibility over conformity

Chris Straker
27 September 2017

The question of discipline in schools is in the media again. The focus point for the debate is a recently reopened academy in Great Yarmouth, which has introduced new behaviour guidelines to improve pupil performance. The leaked guidelines were viewed by some parents and commentators as ‘draconian’, and prompted several requests from parents to transfer children out of the school.

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Strengthening democracy through restorative practice – empathy, power and a sense of self

Chris Straker
14 September 2017

This blog is the first of a new RJC blog series highlighting how restorative practice connects with some of the big themes of the day. In this first blog of the series, the RJC’s interim chief executive, Chris Straker, reflects on the links between democracy and restorative practice.

Tomorrow is International Day of Democracy, with a theme of ‘democracy and conflict prevention’. This provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the vital, but often overlooked, role of restorative practice in strengthening democratic involvement.

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Look for where the circles intersect - a comment on the Lammy Review

Chris Straker
8 September 2017

David Lammy’s review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system was published today. Lammy raises important points on the disproportionality of BAME people within the criminal justice system. However, it is disappointing that restorative justice receives so little discussion within the review.

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