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.

This paper reviews the meaning of the most commonly accepted definition of restorative justice and applies this definition to a typology of formal restorative practices. Restorative practices will then be considered in the social context of schools and examples of informal restorative practices will be presented. These practices will be placed in the public health violence preventative model and integrated with the Braithwaite's ideas of responsive regulation in a school setting. Finally, the paper considers the implication of the broader field of restorative practices for European schools and toward the eventual improvement of whole societies.