About Restorative Practices

The most common example of Restorative Practice, is Restorative Justice - a clearly defined and structured process that brings together people affected by crime in order to repair harm done by one or more people to another or others.

In Victoria legislation provides for young offenders (under 18) who plead guilty to an offence to participate in a Restorative Conference in an attempt to mend any harm that they may have caused. 

An increasing number of Victorian schools have adopted a range of restorative approaches to school discipline and engagement. Invariably this builds more effective relationships between students, staff, and the wider school community. As well as offering an alternative and more effective disciplinary process, restorative processes successfully reduce bullying and offer a philosophy that can underpin the effectiveness of all relationships within a school community.

Family Group Conferencing or Family Group Decision Making brings together extended families and well-being professionals to make difficult decisions about the well-being of children. In Victoria, the Department of Human Services utilises Family Group Decision Making to help families make decisions about the welfare of children at risk of harm. Services for indigenous families, as well as indigenous communities, are increasingly offering extended indigenous families with opportunities to come together to share in decision-making about the care and well-being of their children. Community organisations working outside of mandatory child protection processes also offer families Conferencing as a means for whole families to make decisions that affect them all.

Workplace Conferencing is a burgeoning field that takes the is highly effective in resolving conflict and building relationships within the workplace. 

Community Conferencing resolves conflict and aids decision making around difficult issues within local and broader communities. This is an approach currently being contemplated by the newly formed Community Justice Centres

Corrections refers to adult prisons and youth training centres that adopt restorative approaches to discipline and conflict resolution as part of a wider change in culture and philosophy, similar to changes that take place in schools. In Victoria, unfortunately, there are currently no such facilities.
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