Source: (2009) Protecting Children: A Professional Publication of American Humane. 24(4):37-43.

SCVRJP uses peacemaking circles, such as those originally identified by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge. In their book Peacemaking Circles from Crime to Community, these innovators describe four areas or “wedges” to balance when using peacemaking circles. These wedges are: getting acquainted; building understanding and trust; addressing issues and visions; and developing a plan of action (2003). Pranis, Stuart, and Wedge encourage a circle process that balances relationship building and problem solving. (excerpt)