What is Restorative Practice

RP is a way of working with people that is based on the philosophy that when people are given ownership and responsibility for their actions, there is a greater likelihood of positive, long-term interaction with other people, the development of empathy with others and the establishment of healthy and productive communities.

The fundamental premise of R.P is that when relationships between people have been harmed, those involved in repairing that harm are happier, more cooperative and more likely to make long-term, positive changes within that relationship, when things are done by and with them, rather than to or for them. This is particularly the case if the relationship involves one party coming from a position of authority. R.P uses informal and formal processes to proactively build relationships and a sense of community to prevent future conflict and wrongdoing.

The development of R.P within communities has significant implications for all aspects of society — in families, classrooms, schools, prisons, workplaces, associations, governments and even whole nations — because by developing more positive, longer-lasting relationships, R.P. aids organisations and their constituents to function more effectively.