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Conflict resolution, restorative justice, approaches and bullying in young people residential units.

Littlechild, Brian
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Children and Society. DOI:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2009.00259.x

Restorative justice has been an increasing feature in the discourses within adult and youth
justice criminal justice systems in recent years. This article examines interpersonal conflicts
arising from crime, bullying and antisocial behaviour in residential care, and the advantages
and disadvantages of utilising such approaches in relation to these forms of conflict, based upon
an evaluation of restorative principles and approaches from the perspectives of young people,
residential workers and managers. The article sets out how the staff in the units studied modified
restorative justice approaches to take into account the specific relationships within group care
settings. (author’s abstract)


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