CHARACTERISTICS OF A RESTORATIVE SCHOOL CULTURE
Restorative Action is founded on respect, uses inclusive collaborative processes, focuses on harms and needs, addresses obligations, and involves stakeholders, affected parties and the school community. The goal is not to punish, but to put right what has gone wrong.
The development of Restorative Action results in safer, healthier school communities in which harms are meaningfully addressed for those who have been hurt, accompanied by new learning for all participants. This learning includes development of awareness, empathy and understanding; new skills, so wrongdoing and victimization won’t be repeated; and a new experience of handling conflict in a positive and productive way.
Restorative practices add to the skills, responses and interventions already being used by school personnel, while creating a restorative lens through which wrongdoing is viewed.