Source: (2001) Oxford Review of Education. 27(2):241-252. Reprinted in Restorative Justice. Declan Roche (2003), ed. Pp. 455-468. The International Library of Essays in Law & Legal Theory, Second Series. Aldershot, Hants, England: Dartmouth/Ashgate.

Restorative Justice circles or conferences have shown considerable promise in the criminal justice system as a more decent and effective way of dealing with youthful law breaking than punishment. The social movement for restorative justice has a distinctive analysis of the crisis of community and the possibility of community in late modernity. This paper raises the uestion of whether this approach might fruitfully be applied to the holistic development of the learning potential of the young and the whole range of problems young people encounter- drug abuse, unemployment, homelessness, suicide, among other- in the transition from school to work.