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.

The implementation of restorative practices in schools is much more than just another behaviour management tool, it provides an ideal platform for cultural change. Effective implementation of restorative practices requires realignment in thinking and behaviour within the school community. Repairing harm and taking responsibility for behaviour requires that we understand the environment to which relationships are being restored, and an understanding of the core business of that environment. Schools are a place for learning at a social and academic level. Restorative practices assists schools to develop a highly functioning social environment, which in turn sets the platform for academic success. (excerpt)