Restorative Practice brings those harmed by conflict or crime, and those responsible for the harm and communities together. This enables effective communication so everyone affected by a particular incident can play a part in repairing the harm and find the right way forward.
It prioritises victim participation, promotes offender responsibility, and cultivates community engagement. Restorative Practice is what people do when they use the principles, values and practices of the philosophy of restorative justice in their everyday practice. It embodies a set of core beliefs, principles and a way of being with people that proactively promotes building a sense of community and developing social capital. It creates a common language, a common approach for fostering a sense of social responsibility and shared accountability.
When we work with and alongside people, rather than make decisions about them in isolation, outcomes and impact are so much greater.