Restorative Practice is in my opinion the best way of preventing reoffending in most cases.
At school, as a Head of Year, Deputy Head and Headteacher, I used Restorative Practice to solve incidents. It is a philosophy which is efficient and highly effective.
You bring together the parties concerned and establish what has happened. This is often achieved through questioning but may require witness statements or further investigation. Once the facts have been established the people involved are confronted with their actions, the consequences on others and guided through what they should have done. Then suitable punishments are ascribed. I always asked both parties what they thought the punishment should be.
This is what I found:
- It was relatively easy to establish what had taken place
- Once confronted with evidence the guilty party invariably admitted their guilt
- Rarely was it one sided – there were mistakes made by all parties to one degree or another
- The punishments selected by the victims were usually…
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