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)
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: