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:
Alternative dispute resolution Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) (also known as external dispute resolution in some countries, such as Australia) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. It is a collective term for the ways that parties can settle disputes, with (or without) the help of a third party. Despite historic resistance to ADR by many popular parties and their advocates, ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. Salient features ADR traditions vary somewhat by country and culture. Alternative Dispute Resolution is of two historic types. ADR includes informal tribunals, informal mediative processes, formal tribunals and formal mediative processes. For example, freeform negotiation is merely the use of the tools without any process. Calling upon an organizational ombudsman's office is never, by itself, a formal procedure. India
United Nations Administrative Tribunal As a result of the decision of the General Assembly to establish a new system of administration of justice, including a two-tier formal system comprising a first instance, the UN Dispute Tribunal, and an appellate instance, the UN Appeals Tribunal, the UN Administrative Tribunal was abolished as of 31 December 2009. (See resolutions 61/261 of 4 April 2007, 62/228 of 22 December 2007 and 63/253 of 24 December 2008.) Please visit the temporary website for the new UN internal justice system for more information: . The new website for the UN internal justice system is under development and will replace the temporary website upon completion. 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 Restorative justice Restorative justice (also sometimes called reparative justice) is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service". Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. Definition ...a process where all stakeholders affected by an injustice have an opportunity to discuss how they have been affected by the injustice and to decide what should be done to repair the harm. The process of restorative justice necessitates a shift in responsibility for addressing crime. Who has been hurt? What laws have been broken?
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.