Source: (2006) Papers presented at the Fourth Conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, “Restorative justice: An agenda for Europe”, Barcelona, Spain, 15-17 June 2006.

Narrative Co-Mediation appreciates the idea that there is beauty in diversity. It models this in all structures and processes. Schools working in any one geographic area are encouraged to collaborate in terms of training and mediation issues to constantly improve practices and confidence of mediators. Collaboration includes support for adults in the supervision and management of the ‘M’ Teams. It also covers the structures in school to facilitate mediation. Student mediators themselves are in contact between schools nationally and internationally. This approach works well with issues faced by many young people in schools, such as racism, homophobia, social exclusion and is well used by special needs students in schools where it operates. (excerpt)