Restorative Practices is the process used to help children to learn to manage conflict and to build their relationships. A restorative culture is one where there is no blame, respect, forgiveness, the opportunity to make better choices and move forward. Restorative Practices complements our Christian ethos of forgiveness.
Restorative Practices is facilitated through the use of a series of questions which assist the children to become more aware of how their behaviour impacts others. It helps the children to develop a sense of responsibility and a feeling of empathy towards others.
Some of these questions include; “What happened?”, “What were you thinking when…”, “Who else was affected…?”, “How can you make things better?”, “What can you do differently next time?”. The children at various points may need to repeat what the other person has said to encourage their own active listening and to empower those who have been hurt.
In Restorative Practices we are working with the children to help them to develop more effective social skills and improved behaviour management. At times this may need to be supported with parent involvement where positive change seems to be resistant. Working together can be very powerful and usually encourages the children to make more positive and respectful choices.
Restorative Practices often occurs on the school yard where most conflict occurs at the point of need. Further conversations may occur at various other points throughout the day. A restorative culture is developed in the classroom through the use of circle time.
Restorative Practices does not replace our classroom and school rules and consequences. Restorative practices may be used in conjunction with our rules and consequences.