What is Restorative Practice?

Restorative Practice is all about relationships. It is a pro-active approach for making, maintaining and, when necessary, repairing relationships. Restorative Practice is well evidenced as an approach that empowers children, young people and families, helping those involved to express their underlying needs, navigate difficult issues and develop their own solutions. It has increasingly been used in school, care homes and the wider community, not only to address conflict but also to build understanding and strengthen relationships throughout the whole community.

Principles and Values of Restorative Practice

At the heart of restorative practice is a set of values and principles that puts the highest priority on: Really listening to people; Avoiding fixing things for them; Being non-judgemental; Remaining neutral; and Respecting each person’s unique perspective on a situation. Through restorative conversations we aim to develop empathy and reduce the likelihood of escalation or recurrence.

Themes and linked questions for a 5-step conversation

We use the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) five questions to structure conversations.