The three key purposes of Restorative Practices are –
Building Relationships — Maintaining Community — Repairing Harm
Restorative practices can involve many different activities, from circle processes to conferencing to community building. They can be proactive or reactive, state or community implemented, and spiritual or secular.
For a foundational introduction to restorative practices, read What Is Restorative Practices, an article by the International Institute for Restorative Practices, and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, by Howard Zehr.
Circles are a simple and common restorative practice where all participants get to listen and speak on equal terms. To learn more, read The Little Book of Circles by Kay Pranis and watch these videos on the use of circles in Oakland schools to build community and support the reentry of a previously incarcerated student.
Read about different methods of explaining circumstances and the power of stories for healing.
For an introduction to the relationship between aboriginal philosophy and restorative practices, read Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice by Rupert Ross.
Julia Steiny’s many columns focusing on restoration, young people, and education, can be found here.
Finally, for more specific information, try a restorative database or one of the tabs to the left.