This is a practise which brings together the victim and the offender involved with a particular crime. The aim is to deal with the aftermath of a crime and the effects that the crime has had on those involved.
Restorative Justice (RJ) can take place in a number of ways. The first is through a victim - offender mediation and the second is via third parties.
The aim of RJ is for the offender to atone for their crime by way of 'paying back' to the victim. It can also have the benefit of giving answers to the victim and why they were targeted in a particular offence. This is an extremely helpful tool in youth offending and offences involving 'hate' and race related crime.
Restorative Justice in schools
I am fully qualified to facilitate restorative justice in schools. The aim is to prevent exclusions and address confrontation between students.
Having parents, teachers, class mates and students involved can focus discussion around challenging behaviour and can lead all parties to a deeper understanding of why a child is displaying certain behaviour.