Family Group Conferences under-resourced and inconsistent-report
Family Group Conferences have failed to fully involve hapū and iwi, and the services have been patchy and inconsistent, a new report has found.
Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the system – designed to help at-risk children and young offenders – is under-resourced and needs significant change and improvement.
Restorative justice in UK schools ‘could help reduce exclusions’
Campaigners call for better resolution of conflicts after figures show 35 children a day are expelled from English schools
Campaigners are urging the government to support the introduction of ‘restorative practice’ which prioritises conflict resolution over punishment in schools following alarm at an increase in the number of pupils being excluded.
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The council is releasing three short films to promote the use of restorative practice in schools. Click here to view films.
4 February 2017
Restorative Justice: victim’s family and offender find peace
Positive Peace in Schools – Book Review
Dr Hilary Cremin and Terence Bevington have written a well-researched and eminently practical book exploring why and how schools can and should work towards building positive peace – that is, social justice. The book is Positive Peace in Schools and click here to read an excerpt from the Introduction, in which the authors set out their aims.
18 January 2017
Hornchurch pupils use innovative healing-based approach to combat playground problems
A handful of schools around the borough have adopted an unconventional method of resolving issues between pupils
What happens when we stop putting people in boxes…
Moving beyond the crime in hate crimes: Community and restorative justice considered
Violence in all its forms is a matter of concern. However, violence that also corrupts our ability to function and live together as a society, and denies our humanity and value as human beings is a cause for even greater concern. Hate crime is one example, and the international debate on how to address the attitudes that foster it is now more timely than ever
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Can psychology help solve long-running conflicts?
Conflicts can involve different nations and religions, different races and classes. Some of them seem intractable: the tensions and hatred seem depressingly permanent. But there are a number of social psychologists who have been studying how prejudice and distrust between groups can be overcome. Click here to read article…
Can you teach people to have empathy?
Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people’s lives – and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.
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Restoring Hope 2013
This often confronting documentary observes a Māori restorative justice model through the eyes of straight-talking Mike Hinton, manager of Restorative Justice at Manukau Urban Māori Authority. The bringing together of victims (including wider whānau) and offenders may offer an alternate way forward for “a criminal justice system failing too many and costing too much”. Restoring Hope kicked off Māori Television’s 2013 season of Sunday night docos. In a Herald On Sunday preview, Sarah Lang argued it was “enough to restore hope in local documentary-making.”
11 March 2016
Sheffield mum hugged shoplifter who hit her in the face
A Sheffield mum who was bludgeoned in the head by a fleeing shoplifter later came face-to-face with her attacker – and hugged him.
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15 February 2016
Russell Simmons present Def Poetry Jam – Knock Knock
30 January 2016
Prison as bad as you can imagine, watchdog Hardwick says –
Prison is not “soft” but is “as bad as you could possibly imagine”, the outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales has said.
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