This book is aimed at all professionals interested in developing restorative approaches in their school, from those considering starting to those who have implemented programmes and want to evaluate and improve their practice. The content includes a brief background to its introduction in the UK in the 1990s and the influence of the pioneering work of colleagues in Australia and New Zealand. From the earliest emphasis on restorative justice, the book outlines the wider educational model of restorative approaches used in today's schools. The book guides the reader through the stages of evaluating their current restorative practice with a suggested framework of how to get started and how to evaluate progress, illuminated by case studies from across the UK. Areas such as staff training and development are considered, as well as how to involve young people. The role of the wider community and key players are explored, their involvement in schools and how schools in turn can work within the community. Importantly, the book identifies the need to include parents and careers as a crucial factor for embedding restorative practice in the school and community setting. The case studies show how schools' behaviour policies have moved from a punitive and blameful culture to one of repairing relationships and solving problems. They also highlight improvements in the school climate, including increased attendance and a fall in fixed term exclusions. This practical book is suitable for both primary and secondary schools. The accompanying CD includes an introductory Power Point for staff as well as capable resources including checklists, action plans, referral forms, information guides, evaluation sheets and exemplar contracts.
Having worked in educational settings for the past 22 years, Janet has spent the last 11 of those involved in restorative practice. Initially, she was appointed as one of the first school coordinators in the Restorative Justice in Schools Project in an inner city secondary school, funded by the Youth Justice Board. Janet then took up the opportunity to project manage the later, award winning, Restorative Approaches in Schools Project in the Bristol Schools. This project worked across nine Bristol secondary schools, training over 1200 staff and pupils in restorative practice. Janet has been involved in the production of two restorative justice DVDs, Laters'and Schools and Crime, as well as the production of the RAiS Guide, (2009) which was later launched by HRH Princess Anne. Janet is a successful speaker, trainer, facilitator and now Assessor of the Restorative Practice Diploma, and has continued to train and practice across a number of settings, and firmly believes there is a fundamental place for restorative practice in schools.