The Restorative Justice approach is a harm-reduction, trauma-informed approach that develops people’s social-emotional communication abilities, and builds empathy and community. In all situations, it asks the question, “who has been harmed?” and seeks to bring everyone involved together to find a solution that is just for everyone. It rebuilds relationships and restores communities. It should be noted, restoration doesn’t mean things go back to how they used to be. Often times it means something new and better is created in its place.
Restorative Practices originated in many Indigenous communities around the world and have been used since time immemorial. In Canada, restorative justice was introduced officially into our criminal justice system in 1974.
In the workplace, restorative practices can be a preventative measure – catching and dealing with workplace issues before they develop into something more serious. These practices serve as opportunities for both employees and management to learn more about each other and understand each other on deeper levels.
In schools, research shows the restorative approach reduces bullying, violence, absenteeism, and the drop-out rate. Schools that use this approach drastically reduce suspensions and expulsions.
Restorative practices are an opportunity for healing, learning, truth, and growth.
Whether at school or at work, Completely Inclusive is dedicated to using research-backed, time-tested strategies to bring these environments to those of health, safety, community, and justice.
I give an explanation in just over three minutes in this video: