Restorative approaches in youth settings: A constructive approach to conflict, bullying, disruption and challenging behaviour
This course will teach participants how to transform relationships by addressing difficult conversations, conflicts, bullying, challenging, anti-social and criminal behaviours in ways that ensure people feel heard and the harm repaired. Attendees will learn to develop responses that can reduce the use of, and the need for, punitive responses while still offering closure to all those affected.
Aims and objectives
- identify the key values, principles and themes that underpin all restorative engagement
- learn how to transform relationships by addressing difficult conversations, conflicts, bullying, challenging, anti-social and criminal behaviours as well as low-level disruption in ways that ensure people feel heard, the needs of all those involved are met and the harm repaired
- develop responses that can reduce the use of, and the need for, punitive responses whilst still offering closure to all those affected
- practice running circle processes to help you build a sense of community amongst young people and/or staff teams, to develop trust and mutual respect, and to enhance confidence and problem-solving skills
- consider how to integrate restorative language and approaches into report-writing and record-keeping; when working with individuals, teams and families
- make the links between restorative approaches and the development of the social and emotional literacy and skills of staff and/or young people
The focus of this course is on educational and youth settings, including those working in and with schools, specialist support units and care homes, in children and family services and in youth justice environments. However the course is generic and people working in adult settings have also benefitted from the course.
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