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Will Hull (UK) become a restorative city?

January 19, 2009

Nigel Richardson, Hull’s director of Children and Young People’s
Services, is leading the restorative initiative. Hull- — population
250,000, with 57,000 children — had a thriving fishing industry that
disappeared several generations ago, and the city failed to regenerate
itself economically, said Richardson, resulting in “low aspirations and
self-esteem, and a high proportion of people living below the poverty
line.” Hull invested heavily to rebuild housing, the city center and
secondary schools. But, said Richardson, “There’s no point in physical
regeneration without social regeneration.” His strategy is to “invest
disproportionately in children and young people now,” with restorative
practices (RP) at the core.

Hull’s RP scheme officially began in August 2007. Participants are
committed to implementing “an explicit means of managing relationships
and building social connection and responsibility while providing a
forum for repairing harm when relationships break down.”

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