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The Australian Context – Restorative Practices as a Platform for Cultural Change in Schools.

Blood, Peta
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Paper presented at the XIV World Congress of Criminology “Preventing Crime & Promoting Justice: Voices for Change” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA August 7-11, 2005.

The implementation of Restorative Practices in Australian schools is moving at a frenetic
pace, with practice developing in most states and territories. The quality of that practice
and the approach by practitioners is variable, dependent on their background, experience,
passion and interest. It is a time where we need to stay open, stay in communication and
explore together what assists to build quality practice in an educational context. We have
reached tipping point and we need to manage that so that it tilts in the right direction.
Poor implementation will have a dramatic effect on how schools view the long term
viability of working restoratively. (excerpt)


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