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Getting More Out of Restorative Practice in Schools

Getting More Out of Restorative Practice in Schools

Practical Approaches to Improve School Wellbeing and Strengthen Community Engagement

Edited by Margaret Thorsborne, Nancy Riestenberg and Gillean McCluskey. Foreword by Fania Davis.

Quick Overview

Drawing from a range of perspectives and settings, this edited collection provides different ways that restorative practice can be implemented in schools. This guide addresses issues such as poverty, trauma, implicit bias and family engagement to offer strategies that can really benefit schools' and restorative practitioners' work with children.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.98in x 7.56in / 228mm x 192mm, 280pp
ISBN: 9781785927768
2018, ePUB
ISBN: 978-1-78450-692-6
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Restorative practice (RP) has been successfully implemented in schools for decades and is primarily associated with improving behaviour and relationships, by changing the culture of problem solving in the school. However, it has huge untapped potential to support initiatives in other areas, and this book provides examples of how RP can enhance the effectiveness of these other practices.

Split into three sections, the book first looks at implementation, readiness and evaluation. It then covers integrating RP with, and linking RP into, other issues relevant to schools such as trauma, poverty, and mindfulness, and finally shows how to work well with parents and families. The book gives proven strategies for measuring success and evaluating effectiveness. Overall, it provides insight into a variety of issues RP can help schools with, and addresses them in practical ways to help schools implement restorative practice to its full potential.


'This book is a rich combination of analytical reflection, personal storytelling and case studies of how change plays out on the ground. It is a superb resource for anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of how restorative practices can contribute to personal, institutional and societal transformation.'
- Professor Chris Marshall, The Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

'This book is evidence that the field of restorative practices in schools has reached an unprecedented level of sophistication, complexity and maturity. Trainers, consultants, practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and school leaders will benefit from the "wisdom of the ages" shared here. A truly extraordinary contribution to the field.'
- Martha A. Brown, Author, Creating Restorative Schools: Setting Schools Up to Succeed