Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is an alternative strategy to managing hurtful situations without using punishment or retribution. Restorative philosophy provides a framework which helps to guide our actions and responses to situations where there has been harm or damage to the relationship. 


Restorative Justice is “Justice which has a Heart” 


(Archbishop Desmond Tutu)




(Daniel Reisel – TED)

Restorative Practice

Principles of Restorative Practice

  • To raise awareness of how people are affected by hurt and inappropriate behaviours.
  • To use language that is void of blame and judgement of character.
  • To avoid scolding and lecturing and use language that is “reflective” rather than “interrogative”.
  • To encourage individuals to take an active role in repairing the damage or hurt to relationships.
  • To focus on the incident, deed or the issue without getting personal.
  • To focus on the opportunity for learning and growth.
  • To focus on reparation rather than retribution and punishment as the messenger for learning.

A Restorative approach is guided by the values of:

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness