The Working Group on Restorative Schools is focusing on the question of how restorative practice (the term usually used for the application of Restorative Justice values and principles applied in settings other than criminal justice) can be used in schools to build healthy relationships amongst all members of a school community and repair these relationships when they are damaged by challenging behaviours, conflict or crime.
The working group aims at:
- work on the development of a Restorative School Standards that can work as guiding principles for the educators, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and youth workers.
- map restorative schools in Europe and realize how our group can give support;
- support countries who are new to restorative and relation practice in schools offering resources and advice;
- continue gathering a picture of what is happening in schools in European countries in relation to restorative and relational practice;
- connect with other working groups, such as Restorative Cities, to ensure that we complement each others’ work;
- continue developing useful resources on-line and enhance our on-line presence so that people can find us more easily;
- develop and offer short training courses for people who want to work restoratively or support those in schools to do so;
- encourage between schools and other stakeholders working to support young people (social workers; youth justice professionals; child and adolescent mental health workers and so forth);
- organise on-line seminars, workshops and perhaps a conference specialising in school-focused
- Nina Wroldsen, Chair (Norway)
- Laura Mooiman, Vice-Chair (The Netherlands / USA)
- Honorata Czajkowska (Poland)
- Ilaria De Vanna (Italy)
- Guendalina Dell'Anno (Italy)
- Aleksandra Dopierała (Poland)
- Fábio Vieira Heerdt (Brazil)
- Belinda Hopkins (UK)
- Nino Shatberashvili (Gerogia)
- Chris Straker (UK)
Coordinator: Balint Juhasz, EFRJ communications officer
Board representative: Maia Chochua
History of the Working Group
The Restorative School Working Group has been established under the European Restorative Justice Forum in 2020 by the motivated experts from the field. The group aims to realize the supportive factors in the creation of the restorative practices in educational system to construct healthy school environment, positive relationships among pupils, pupils and teachers and respond effectively when they are damaged. There is a firm understanding among group members that practicing such approaches results in the lessening of number of children in the state care and justice systems. The diverse composition of the group served as good soil for information sharing, generation of new ideas, scrutinizing the potential of the restorative philosophy is diverse socio-cultural environment and educational heritage. The group:
- Has been meeting regularly on the last Friday of each month.
- Has developed a Brief to explain the potential contribution of restorative practice in schools. The document aims to serve as aspirational goals for schools aiming to establish a restorative and innovative healthy school climate for students promoting positive attitudes to learning, investing in the personal and emotional development of students and staff.
- Has mapped restorative school initiatives in the EU and non-EU countries accessible for the Working Group members.
- Has initiated research on the impact of the Restorative Practice in Poland. Group participation in conferences in June 2021 and in Sassari 2022.
- Shared live experiences of countries in the process of school strengthening to become more effective listeners of pupils’ problems and needs, more enthusiastic to recognize their achievement.
Valerie Braithwaite (Australia)
Maija Gellin (Finland)
Michelle Stowe (Ireland)
Abu Zaman (United Kingdom)
Richard Rhodes (United Kingdom)
Vicenç Rul.lan (Spain)
Working Group Resources
Contact person for this committee: Bálint Juhasz (firstname.lastname@example.org)