Source: (2002) Paper presented at the The Role of Schools in Crime Prevention Conference convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Department of Education, Employment and Training, Victoria, and Crime Prevention Victoria. Melbourne, 30 Sept.-1 Oct. Australian Institute of Criminology. 5 Feb 2004.

Under the National School Drug Education Strategy, Victoria received funding which has enabled the Department of Education & Training (DE&T), in collaboration with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) to explore the effectiveness of Community Conferencing/Restorative Practices in schools across Victoria. Community Conferencing is a restorative justice approach to the management of harmful behaviour. It offers a way to achieve positive outcomes for students, their parents and caregivers and the school community in the wake of the sort of serious incidents usually so challenging for our schools. This approach offers an opportunity for all parties to address unresolved feelings and questions about these incidents. It is also thought to be a useful approach to address the issue of retention of at risk students in our schools. (excerpt)

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