What is Restorative Practice?
The aim of Restorative Practice is to manage conflict and tension by repairing harm and strengthening relationships as a way of building community.
The Restorative Practice concept has its roots in "Restorative Justice" that focuses on repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than simply punishing offenders.
The basic hypothesis is that human beings are happier, more co-operative and productive when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.
Restorative Practice is not a program for addressing any particular problem. Rather, it is a process that gives staff, students and community the knowledge, strategies and skills required to develop and sustain a safe, inclusive learning environment, in which problematic behaviours are less likely to thrive.
The promotion and practice of positive behaviours, by all members of the learning community, are the keys to creating a positive learning environment.
For more information on Restorative Practices please see the Durham District School Board's Safe School section of the webstie at: http://www.ddsb.ca/Students/SafeSchools/Pages/Restorative-Practice.aspx