Restorative Practice

Restorative justice is a philosophical framework that focuses on the harm that results from wrongdoing and the actions that are needed to repair the harm wrongdoing causes. This approach is based on the belief that wrongdoing is a violation against a person and a community and that through negotiation and dialogue among victim, offender and community, the goals of restitution, reconciliation and restoration will be achieved.

Within this framework, offenders are held directly accountable not only to the individual victim but also to the community, and they are expected to assist in the reparation of personal damage and the restoration of social harmony. This process allows victims to be involved in the shaping of the offender’s future obligations and encourages the school community to become directly involved in supporting victims, holding offenders accountable and providing opportunities for offenders to reintegrate into their community.