Source: (2003) Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services. 84(3): 441-448. Alliance for Children and Families. Downloaded 16 December 2003.Restorative justice is an innovative concept that has received some attention in the field of criminal justice but that has largely overlooked in the social work literature. Restorative initiatives (e.g., vicitm-offender mediation, family group conferencing) have special relevance for family practice. That these initiatives are effective in meeting participants' needs and consistent with social work values are major arguments of this article.