Our Courses

We offer lively, challenging and experiential courses. Our dynamic courses are suitable for educators, care staff, youth justice professionals and the wide range of staff supporting families and children.

  •  Build on your existing relational skills
  •  Know what to do and say when faced with challenging situations
  • Learn how to become a restorative facilitator
  •  Feel inspired to implement a restorative ethos throughout your own working environment

 About Us

Transforming Conflict is one of the UK’s leading providers of training & consultancy in the field of restorative approaches in schools, residential care and other youth settings.

    • We are one of the first UK training providers to have been awardedthe RJC Award for Training Providersrjc training provider quality mark, logo, home
    • Founded in 1994 by Dr Belinda Hopkins, we are the longest established provider
    • We are one of the very early pioneers in the field of restorative approaches in schools

 Our Shop

Here you will find a variety of training resources, literature & films all focused on restorative approaches in school settings, childrens’ homes and in the arena of social care, housing and youth justice.

  •  A chance to buy many of Director Dr Belinda Hopkins’ published books
  •  Purchase publications from many other recommended experts in the field of restorative approaches
  • Develop new approaches with inspired training resources
  •  View & book your place on the latest courses

Welcome to
Transforming Conflict!

Transforming Conflict has been pioneering relational and
restorative approaches in school settings, childrens’ homes
and in the arena of social care, housing and youth justice since
1994. We offer training and consultancy to people (staff teams and individuals) who want to engage in a more caring, considerate and respectful way and who want to be treated themselves in this way.

Our training and support will help people at a personal, as well as a professional level

To deal more effectively with their own conflicts and challenges and to help others to do so. All our training – in its content and its delivery – is inspired by the philosophy and principles behind Restorative Justice and we are also great fans of non violent communication, originally developed by Marshal Rosenberg.

After our courses people are often inspired to make changes to the way they work

and even go on to transform the culture in which they work. Issues of concern such as inter-personal conflicts, back-biting, bullying,
threats of violence and low-level disruption can become a thing of the past.

We offer a clear, consistent, replicable model of practice – whilst also unleashing people’s creativity, inspiring them to take what they have learnt and adapt it for their own setting.

People who engage with us will meet much that is familiar- and in fact we build on the existing expertise and experience of those who attend our courses. However, everyone
we have ever trained has also learned new ways to do things, and some have experienced
life-changing insights that have changed their practice forever.

Our courses are very practical – people can make a start putting what they have learnt into practice  from the day after the course. We also provide some great resources to share with those who take a more reflective approach, and want to look at the evidence and theory before taking the plunge.

We are one of the first training providers in the UK to have been awarded the prestigious Restorative Justice Council (RJC) award for training providers

In recognition of the high quality of both the content of our courses (which are linked to National Occupational Standards for Restorative Practice) and our service delivery. You know you are in safe hands with us.

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For further inspiration have a look at Belinda Hopkins’ new edited book, Restorative Theory in Practice,  in which 10 practitioners offer different theoretical explanations for what is happening in a restorative meeting. This book will deepen your understanding and fine-tune your practice.

We can help you work towards and achieve the Restorative Justice Council Restorative
Services Quality Mark

We are proud and thrilled that of the first 5 schools to be awarded this prestigious award 4 of them are schools we have worked with and supported, in some cases for many years offering consultancy, training and ongoing support.

Moulton School & Science College began its restorative journey only 2 years ago but has done very well to gain the award in recognition of the progress they have made.

Iffley Academy in Oxford is for children and young people with complex learning needs and has been pioneering restorative approaches in this sector for over 16 years.

Childs Hill Schoolin Barnet was one of the first primary schools in the borough to send staff along for our five day course for teachers. We ended up training the whole staff and have been back since to offer refresher training for new staff, including the new Headteacher. The school featured in our own introductory film and has also made their own about their journey which you can watch on our film page.

Monmouth Comprehensive School gained the award in July 2014 after 3 years of working hard to train as many staff as possible to integrate restorative principles into teaching and learning as well as in relationship management in the classroom and around the school. Transforming Conflict’s Director Belinda Hopkins has led all the training at the school and is now training trainers for the staff to carry on this work

The impact of implementing a restorative approach across the schools speaks for itself:

  • Exclusions are down by 93%, with only 13 days lost last year due to exclusion
  • Detentions and merit awards are no longer used as extrinsic behaviour control mechanisms and instead young people are encouraged to develop internal self-regulation
  • Beyond the school gates referrals to the Youth Offending Service are down 78% and anti social behaviour attributable to young people in the town is down by 48%
  • In the academic year the award was received the schools had their best ever results at both A level and GCSE’s which they attribute in part to the restorative culture which ensures that the needs of staff and students are meet which has enabled everyone to give their best.
  • Staff absenteeism with a stress-related tag is down by over 60%, which represents a saving of over £60,000 – a testimony to how beneficial the approach can be for staff health and wellbeing.
  • Attendance is at its highest ever level – over 94% and rising

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