Source: (2009) Bethelhem, PA: International Institute of Restorative Practices

Proactively, restorative practices improves relationships and communication among students, parents, teachers and administrators. When wrongdoing occurs, instead of simply doling out punishment, schools use restorative practices to engage students and truly hold them accountable. Directly involving the wrongdoers in repairing the harm they caused and in restoring relationships they have damaged fosters a sense of responsibility and empathy. Empathy creates understanding and respect for others and therefore is the key to changing behaviour. (excerpt)