Restorative Practice: The Swansea Model
DVD - 25 minutes
As part of a significant investment to the well-being of young people, Swansea Council has recently become the first UK authority to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This means they have committed to pay due regard to the rights of the child when making decisions.
Restorative Practice or RP supports the UNCRC Articles 12 and 19 by giving young people the framework to have a voice and to be safe. It is an effective approach that builds relationships and resolves conflict and is one of a range of preventative and early intervention developments that is being used by Swansea.
Following a continuum of need, RP runs from informal to formal practices. Examples of the informal include using affective statements that communicate people’s feelings and affective questions that cause people to reflect on how their behaviour has affected others. Moving from left to right on the continuum, impromptu restorative conferences, groups and circles are more structured but can be used proactively to develop relationships and build community or reactively to respond to wrongdoing, conflicts and problems. At the formal end of the continuum, a formal restorative conference is a structured meeting between wrongdoers and those harmed (or in criminal cases offenders and victims) in which they deal with the consequences of a wrongdoing and decide how best to repair the harm. Combined, these approaches result in an environment where people have the opportunity to speak and listen to one another in a safe, fair setting.
This short film brings to life some fascinating examples of how Restorative Practice is embedding not just in schools but across Swansea’s organisations and the wider community.