Victim Offender Reconciliation Program VORP Restorative Approaches / Practices in Schools Restorative Approaches provides an underpinning ethos and philosophy for making, maintaining and repairing relationships and for fostering a sense of social responsibility and shared accountability. There are many challenges in implementing an organisation or institution-wide approach since the restorative way challenges deeply-held notions about power and control and the urge to make things unpleasant for someone when they have done something wrong or ‘misbehaved’. When harm has been caused by inappropriate, sometimes thoughtless, negative behaviour then all sides need: a chance to tell their side of the story and feel heard- to understand better how the situation happened to understand how it can be avoided another time- to feel understood by the others involved to find a way to move on and feel better about themselves Punitive disciplinary responses, on the other hand: The institution-wide restorative model can be based on the following diagram:
Environmental Justice Overview Environmental Justice is the essential peer-reviewed journal that explores the equitable treatment of all people, especially minority and low-income populations, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Published bimonthly, Environmental Justice covers the adverse and disparate health impact and environmental burden that affects marginalized populations all over the world. The Journal facilitates open dialogue among the many stakeholders involved in environmental justice struggles: communities, industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations. Environmental Justice coverage includes: Human health and the environment Science, technology, and the environment Land use and urban planning Public policy Environmental history Legal history as it pertains to environmental justice Sociology and anthropology of environmental health disparities Grassroots initiatives
Sycamore Tree Project® — Prison Fellowship International The Sycamore Tree Project® brings together unrelated victims and offenders (that is, they are not each others' victims and offenders). Using a curruculum guide prepared by PFI, a facilitator leads the participants to consider concepts of responsibility, confession, repentance, forgiveness, amends and reconciliation in the context of crime and justice. The programme can have profound effects on the victims and offenders. Many victims have reported receiving a measure of healing. What is the Sycamore Tree Project® ? Transforming the Difficult Child - Igniting Greatness in all Children through the Nurtured Heart Approach ccph Victim Offender Mediation Association home page
What Is Restorative Practices? | International Institute for Restorative Practices The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. The IIRP distinguishes between the terms restorative practices and restorative justice. We view restorative justice practices as a subset of restorative practices. The field of restorative practices has significant implications for all aspects of society — from families, classrooms, schools and prisons to workplaces, associations, governments, even whole nations — because restorative practices can develop better relationships among these organizations' constituents and help the overall organization function more effectively. The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is a world leader in restorative practices, providing professional development and accredited master's degree and certificate programs. Download PDF version » 1. Top of page » 2. 3.
MAAT-Alternate methods to effect positive community National Institute of Justice This page is archived material and is no longer updated. It may contain outdated information and broken links. The material presented on these pages is the product of five regional symposia held on restorative justice between June 1997 and January 1998. Learn more about these symposia. For some time now there has been growing dissatisfaction with the justice system. Over the past decades, there has been growing interest in new approaches to justice, which involve the community and focus on the victim. The current system, in which crime is considered an act against the State, works on a premise that largely ignores the victim and the community that is hurt most by crime. Restorative justice principles offer more inclusive processes and reorient the goals of justice. Crime is an offense against human relationships.