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Pastoral Care & Restorative Justice

Restorative justice

Restorative justice a way of helping pupils to understand their mistakes, take ownership for any emotional or physical harm caused through their actions and be responsible for repair of this damaged done. As well as developing pupils emotional intelligence, restorative meetings help pupils to own the consequences for their actions which reduces the likelihood of repeating the same mistake.

Restorative justice also helps the victim to have their voice heard, giving power back to them, supported by teachers who are trained to deliver restorative meetings between the wrong doer and the victim.  

The facilitator of a restorative meetings must remain impartial and listen to both sides in order to tease out facts, feelings and thoughts through a series of specific questions whilst referring to any witness statements that have been taken, as required. Issue appropriate consequences as needed and restore relationships.

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking at the time?
  • What were you feelings at the time?
  • Who was affected?
  • How were they affected?
  • What are you thinking/feeling about the incident now?
  • What can you do to put this right?