What is Restorative Practice?
Restorative Practice is commonly understood as an intervention, based on a specific set of questions, which assists people in conflict with each other to manage and resolve the impact of their conflict on each other. This conflict can take many forms from rule breaking, to criminal offending, to the break down of work-based or intimate relationships.
Practising restoratively, however, is a way of communicating and behaving with others based on a specific set of values and principles which has benefits of building strong relationships and healthy communication. It reduces the likelihood of conflict in the first place. Practising restoratively are skills that once learned, are transferable across any settings from schools and workplaces, community and voluntary groups, to parenting children and enjoying better personal relationships.