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The exposure of children to violence at school is a major concern for educators everywhere and a frequent topic of discussion in the media. Written by experts in research, practice, and training in the field, this timely text proposes a whole-school approach to reduce the impact of violence on children's development. The authors take into account: Personal characteristics of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders A school’s culture The quality of a school’s learning environment Links between the school and the communityThe whole school approach includes a wide range of formal and informal initiatives to improve the quality of life at school. Managing Violence in Schools covers preventive methods and provisions for students' individual needs. Readers will also find strategies for strengthening school culture, such as peer support, cooperative group work, and restorative practice. This resource also provides guidance for implementing a needs analysis, formulating a cycle of change for handling bullying and violence, and creating a shared understanding of the issue. Each strategy for preventive and integrative practice is illustrated with real-life case studies and relevant experiential exercises.
Chapter 8: Restorative Practice
- To understand how restorative practice can help to resolve conflicts.
- To be familiar with the basic skills involved in training teachers and pupils to engage in restorative practice.
What is Restorative Practice?
The original concept of restorative practice came from peace-keeping practices adopted by Maori, Aboriginal and Native American populations. At its core lies the concept of a caring, inclusive community. When conflicts arise – as they inevitably will – restorative practices engage the perpetrators, their victims and significant others in the commmunity in a collective process of problem-solving whose aim is reparation of damage, restoration of the quality of relationships and facilitating the reintegration of participants in the conflict back into the school community. The method has been successfully used in the criminal justice ...