Bob Costello, IIRP training and consulting director, introduced the second plenary speaker, Estelle Macdonald, headteacher, Collingwood Primary School, Hull, UK, and director, Hull Centre for Restorative Practice. She talked about her journey with restorative practices, beginning with their successful implementation at Collingwood Primary School, spreading to other schools in the surrounding Riverside neighborhood, then to the entire city of Hull, which is on track to become the world’s first “restorative city,” where everyone who works with children and youth will employ restorative practices. Click here to read Macdonald’s paper: My Restorative Journey and the Story of Hull, UK.

To conclude the plenary session, Nigel Richardson, director of Children and Young People's Services at Hull City Council, said a few words about the citywide implementation of restorative practices throughout all agencies and services serving children and youth in Hull.

Conference participants then split up to attend the numerous “breakout sessions” being offered by their colleagues.