Source: (2000) Paper presented for the APAPDC Online Conference 2000, 15 May-17 June.

In the context of school violence, Thorsborne maintains that community conferencing is an effective process for dealing with violent incidents. To support this, she summarizes the history of community conferencing in Queensland (Australia) schools and reports the results of studies done on those conferencing initiatives. Her survey of the conference process illustrates its use in schools. Thorsborne then comments on restorative justice in the school setting, and she compares positive outcomes from restorative responses with the failure of suspension and exclusion.

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