Restorative approaches is a branch of Restorative Justice designed to address harm and the de-escalation of conflict in a variety of contexts, including in the workplace and educational settings.
The benefits of restorative approaches include the ability to address harm and conflict in a trauma-informed and constructive manner. Allowing for accountability, repair and the possibility for closure. Highly reducing the risk of recidivism.
It is a structured, consent-base process, carefully delivered with great respect and consideration to the realities of the situation at hand.
The restorative processes will provide an opportunity for all parties involved to acknowledge their experiences and perspectives on the situation, and its impact. Providing an opportunity to achieve a deep level of resolution. And the possibility to restore integrity and dignity to all parties affected. Restoring a renewed sense of trust in life going forward.
In the workplace context, restorative approaches can be applied to address a range of situations. This could include instances of bullying, harassment or discrimination, as well as unhelpful behaviour, imbalances and disagreements between colleagues. By providing a structured process for addressing these issues, restorative approaches can help to promote a healthier and more productive workplace culture.
In educational settings, restorative approaches can be used to address disciplinary issues and promote positive behaviour. By providing a process for addressing harm caused, restorative approaches can help to promote a sense of responsibility and accountability among students and staff, while also promoting a sense of community and respect in the school environment.
Ultimately, restorative approaches are a valuable tool for addressing harm and promoting healing in a constructive and respectful manner. Whether in the workplace or educational context, its ability to restore integrity and promote accountability can foster more positive and productive environments for all involved.