What are Restorative Justice Approaches?
Restorative Approaches are inspired by the philosophy and practices of Restorative Justice which aims to repair harm caused to relationships and communities by conflict.
Crucially it is believed that is best achieved by focusing upon the harm caused, rather than assigning blame and dispensing punishment which often fails to address the needs of those most affected.
Our school has adopted Restorative Justice approaches as they align with the ethos of our Catholic faith. As our school motto says, 'Christ is our Light', and he guides us to work within a spirit of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Restorative Justice approaches are ........
Restorative Justice - Check-in and Check-out
Children begin their day with check-in. This circle time helps to develop circle skills, taking turns, listening to others and a sense of community. It allows children the opportunity to express their feelings and emotions using a scale of 0-10 (ten being the best level of emotional wellness). Pupils are encouraged to explain the reasons for their 'number' but there is no pressure to do so. Children who are a constant low number will be given the opportunity to speak with a member of staff about why they are a low number. Check-out is the same but at the end of the day.
RJ is based on four key features
RESPECT RESPONSIBLITY REPAIR REINTEGRATION
What can RJ do for a school?
What is Restorative Justice Conferencing?
Our RJ Policy and parent/carer leaflet provide more details about this approach. If you have any queries or comments please speak with your child's class teacher or to Mrs Anna Kerr, Pastoral Support Manager.
Acknowledgements to: www.restorativejustice4schools.co.uk