Source: (2007) Resolution. News from the Restorative Justice Consortium. 26 (Summer 2007):8-9.

Established in 1986 Southwark Mediation Centre (SMC) is one of the oldest community mediation centres in Europe. In the last issue we looked at the success of SMCs’ Hate Crimes Project which is effectively tackling cases of racial abuse using a restorative approach. Alongside that project, the SMC runs two others, the second specialising in Neighbour Disputes and Anti-social Behaviour, the third, training Peer Mediators in Schools. SMC started working with schools in the early 1990s. In this article we look at how SMC's Peer Mediation Project is working to effectively deal not only with conflict arising in the school setting, but to resolve disputes between young people in the wider community. Finally we take a look at how SMC is taking this work forward in partnership with one particular group of enthusiastic young Mediators at Bacon’s College, Rotherhithe. (excerpt)