Restorative practice in other areas
Restorative practice is an innovative and rapidly growing field. New ways of using restorative approaches are developing all the time, not just to prevent and repair harm but also to allow people to communicate effectively in a range of situations.
Restorative processes have been used to resolve complaints against the police, or in cases of medical negligence where what the patient really wants is an explanation and an apology.
Restorative processes have also been used to deal with regulatory breaches – for example, in relation to health and safety or environmental protection where people want to find a positive outcome and avoid using the legal system.
In work with children and young people, restorative processes are also being used in new ways. In adoption and fostering processes, for example, they can enable people to communicate when a placement is breaking down.
Restorative training is available to parents and carers, providing them with skills to diffuse conflict and manage their children’s behaviour positively.
Elsewhere, restorative circles are being used to work with gangs and police forces are increasingly using restorative approaches to repair and build relationships with specific groups within communities.
Internationally, processes like the Truth and Reconciliation Process in South Africa are based on the restorative principles of truth telling, forgiveness, and reconciliation. In this large-scale context, restorative principles can be effective at repairing damage done by long-term historic conflicts affecting entire nations.