Source: (2008) International Journal of Restorative Justice. 4(1):25-36.

This “balanced approach” is based on the philosophy of restorative justice (Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, 1997). The purpose of this paper is to explore the “development of competencies,” specifically, what competency means. Competency development is close to what juvenile justice practitioners do, “it’s the helping part” (Torbet and Thomas, 2005, p. 1). (excerpt)