Restorative Practice

Restorative Practice is part of the Durham District School Board (DDSB) Safe Schools initiative. It is a way of thinking that builds community, while supporting well-being and student achievement. Through Restorative Practice we aim to promote a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging. To learn more about the DDSB Restorative Practice, read our:

A tiered approach

This means that the DDSB works to develop and maintain community in a variety of ways. We are committed to:

  • Cultivating a strong and healthy community
  • Maintaining community when challenges and conflicts arise
  • Restoring community when necessary

Read our Restorative Practice brochure for more information about the steps taken to implement Restorative Practice.

9 elements of Restorative Practice

The restorative approach is based on 9 interconnected elements:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Voice
  • Fair process
  • Structure and support
  • Safety
  • Empathy and perspective-taking
  • Ownership
  • Learning
  • Belonging and interdependence

Hang the Restorative Practice poster in your school or classroom.

Ministry of Education resources

The Ministry of Education has created a number of resources to help the DDSB and other school boards put in place a Safe Schools initiative.