Restorative justice is an innovative approach to addressing conflict and bullying, as well as disruptive, challenging and criminal behaviour. A restorative approach in a care setting shifts the emphasis from managing and responding to anti-social behaviour to the building, nurturing and repairing of relationships, and encourages the young person to accept responsibility and put things right.
In this photocopiable resource, Belinda Hopkins identifies the practical benefits of employing the restorative approach. In extreme cases, this can mean dealing with serious incidents effectively without recourse to the police and the criminal justice system. For day-to-day interactions the approach builds on the principles of social pedagogy and 'restorative parenting', and offers a fresh look at encouraging self-regulation through the promotion of pro-social behaviour and greater involvement of the young people themselves in making choices that address everyone's needs.
Just Care is essential reading for residential care managers and staff, social workers, youth offending team managers and those with responsibility for foster care training and development.
There are few people who really "walk the walk" as well as "talking the talk" (and writing the words) - Belinda is one of them, and it shines through this book. And when it comes down to it, the restorative approaches and communications for children and staff she describes are not just a topic for specialists - it is good practice for all of us to follow in our Quaker Meetings and other communities. – Quakers in Criminal Justice
Belinda Hopkins' transfer of emphasis from restorative justice to restorative approaches, which highlight the benefits of proactive behaviour reinforcement rather than just using it as a reactive intervention, is most welcome... Just Care is a practical guide full of activities and examples for any practitioner who wants to adopt restorative approaches with children in public care. – Children & Young People Now
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