BIRMINGHAM Police & Schools Panels
RESTORATIVE APPROACHES Resources & Signposting
A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right. Restorative approaches refer to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen. Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced exclusions and improved achievement. It can also alleviate problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes between pupils, their families, and members of staff. To be effective, restorative approaches must be in place across the school. This means all pupils, staff (including non-teaching staff), management and the wider school community must understand what acting restoratively means and how they can do it. As a result, restorative schools adopt a whole-school approach to restorative methods. There is good evidence that restorative practice delivers a wide range of benefits for schools.
West Midlands Police Restorative Justice Service: If you have any cases that you are aware of, that come to Police notice, and you feel that a Restorative Justice conference would resolve the issue then please complete the form below and return it to: Restorative_Justice@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
Once a case is referred Sergeant Michele Birch will allocate it to one of the team and they will involve you throughout the case. If you have any questions or would like to call to discuss a case prior to referral then please call: 101 Ext. 862 3053 For further information please visit www.rjwestmidlands.co.uk