Using Restorative Approaches with vulnerable families on a residential programme

  'The use of a wide range of restorative approaches has the potential to transform the way residential social workers, key workers and support staff engage with those they support. I have been inspired this week by the enthusiasm shown by key workers and support workers at Amber Family. This company offers a residential 12- week programme to vulnerable parents with very young children. These children, often very young babies, are initially at risk due to the problems faced by their parent or parents.

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Reflections of my work at Moulton School

This week I am once again at Moulton School in Northamptonshire. This is my last visit of this school year.It has been a privilege to be here on many occasions over the year, training staff in a range of restorative approaches, supporting newly trained people as they gain confidence; facilitating actual restorative meetings to demonstrate how to do it; training a team of peer mediators who launched their new service at half term and working closely with the Deputy Head who is responsible for the whole school implementation plan.I really enjoy this kind of long-term work.

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Working with a pioneering Danish School

We have had the pleasure of welcoming two groups of staff from a school in Aarhus to England in the last 3 months. They spent some time at TC Central, having a masterclass with me, (Company Director and Lead Trainer Belinda Hopkins) and were then taken to visit restorative schools we have worked with over the years by our other Lead Trainer Caroline Newton. We are grateful to Iffley Academy in Oxford, Childs Hill Primary School in Barnet and the Camden Learning Centre for their hospitality.

The visits were very successful and the vistors came away with lots to think about.

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Implementing a whole-school restorative approach - lessons from the chalk-face


I have the honour to be walking alongside several schools on their journey to implement a whole-school restorative approach this academic year. The schools include a residential school for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, a mainstream comprehensive school, an inner – city multi-cultural multi-lingual primary school, an academy based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, and a school for children with moderate and complex learning needs.

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Transforming Culture in Estonian Prisons and Secure Units

Belinda Hopkins, Transforming Conflict's Director, and Lisa Rowles from Khulisa, visited Estonia at the end of March 2016 at the invitation of the Estonian Ministry of Justice.

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A Master Class for Echo

Caroline Newton and I have just returned from delivering a Master Class in Lunteren, in The Netherlands, for Echo, an organisation supporting schools implement a restorative approach.

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Training in Holland

On Sunday Caroline Newton and I sail across to Holland and then on by train to Lunteren where we are running two days of training for people working in youth settings. This has come about because two Dutch trainers attended the course we ran earlier in the year for Arktos in Leuven, Belgium. Arktos supports young people in and out of school with innovative and creative projects. We had a wonderful 2 days together and the Dutch visitors were so enthusiastic they have invited us to run a repeat event for them!

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Schools in Monmouthshire and Hereford attend training

I have just returned from a very successful three days of training with representatives from four different schools in and around Monmouthshire - 2 secondary schools, a Steiner Academy and a primary school. Everyone left enthused and determined to start , or in some cases, continue their restorative journey. It was fantastic to have 4 staff from the award - winning Monmouth Comprehensive School on the course. Their wisdom, experience and expertise really enriched the training.

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Restorative Approaches and Speech, Language and Communication Issues


A fascinating new piece of doctoral research by Sadie Westrup about the use of restorative approaches in a school setting is available to download via this link:

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Five days of training in Carcassonne

A week or so ago I was in the south of France delivering our five-day course - yes, the one that has just won the Quality Mark Award from the Restorative Justice Council - to 12 people interested in taking the approach into schools. I delivered the whole course for a group called Totem, in  French, and it was eciting to be workingw ith people there to find the right way to express new ideas in French. we did not always find an exact match.

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