Source: (2004) Paper presented at "New Frontiers in Restorative Justice: Advancing Theory and Practice", Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University at Albany, New Zealand, 2-5 December.

Currently the Ministry of Education in New Zealand has recognized and is concerned at the number of suspensions, expulsions and bullying behaviour in our schools. The response has been to implement a number of initiatives which include The Suspension Reduction Initiative, Cool Schools, Restorative Conferencing and Kotahitanga, amongst others. There is research from both local and overseas academics concerning all types of behaviour management, with the focus on secondary schools. This paper explores the possibilities of introducing restorative practices at an earlier stage of a child's moral development when it is believed children want to do the right thing and are receptive to changes in behaviour patterns. This is a point in time when they could be given new tools to deal with problems in a manner that will carry them safely into their teenage years. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University,