Restorative justice is a dynamic and innovative way of dealing with conflict in schools, promoting understanding and healing over assigning blame or dispensing punishment. It can create an ethic of care and justice that makes schools safer and happier, not only through reducing conflict, but also in terms of developing active citizenship skills, good self-esteem, open communication and team work in students.
From a teaching background herself, Belinda Hopkins is at the forefront of the development of restorative justice in the UK, and in this practical handbook she presents a whole school approach to repairing harm using a variety of means including peer mediation, healing circles and conference circles. She provides clear, practical guidance for group sessions and examines issues and ideas relating to practical skill development for facilitators.
Clearly structured and with photocopiable sheets, this book is an excellent resource for teachers, school counsellors and youth workers seeking a more positive and effective way to deal with conflict in educational settings.
Belinda Hopkins is Director and Lead Trainer of Transforming Conflict, a centre for restorative justice in education.
Foreword, Guy Masters, Wandsworth Youth Offending Team. Preface. Introduction to Restorative Justice Ideas and Practice. Guy Masters. Section 1: Introducing the Vision. 1. Restorative Justice in a School Context. 2. Bringing People on Board and Establishing the Vision. Section 2: Restorative Skills and Processes. 3. Becoming a Listening School. 4. Restorative Conversation - Talking the Talk 5. Repairing Harm Through Mediation. 6. Repairing Harm Through Restorative Conferencing. 7. Circles. Section 3: Implementation and Sustainability. 8. The Just School - A Punishment-free Zone? 9. Piecing Together the Jigsaw. Appendices. References. Useful Contacts. Index.