Source: (2005) Paper presented at "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment, Part 3", co-hosted by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and Real Justice Australia, March 3-5, in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. Downloaded 14 April 2005.

The theory of restorative practices is focused on three areas or elements that make up the foundation for the process: the first area is shame theory, the second area is restorative versus retributive theory and the third area focuses on the healing qualities of repentance and forgiveness. The three areas together provide a compelling argument in favour of restorative practices and give an explanation of why restorative conferences are effective in criminological, sociological, psychological and spiritual terms. (excerpt)


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