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Speech to the Second International Restorative Justice Conference (The role of restorative justice and citizenship education in our schools)

Lewis, Ivan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Speech to the Second International Restorative Justice conference, England, 25 March. Downloaded 23 August 2005

It is clear that in Drayton School restorative justice has enabled pupils to become actively
involved in their lives and the life of their school.
But before we reflect on the valuable role that restorative justice may play in schools, I believe
it is important to firstly consider the key elements of this approach.
As its name implies, restorative justice gives individuals a real opportunity to put right what
they may have done wrong.
Effective conflict resolution is promoted through encouraging individuals to consider the feelings
of others and the effect their actions can have on them.
At its core, restorative justice is about individuals taking responsibility for their actions.
These, among others, are essential elements of the citizenship curriculum in schools. (excerpt)


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