Restorative Practice in Gloucestershire
We are happier, more cooperative and more likely to make positive changes when people in authority do things with and alongside us, rather than to us or for us.
What it is
Restorative Practice describes a core set of beliefs, principles and a way of being with people that builds and maintains healthy relationships, a sense of community and a shared sense of accountability.
It is about giving high levels of support and challenge to inspire people and communities to feel able to resolve their problems and shape their own futures.
When we work with and alongside people, there is a wealth of evidence that proves doing so can lead to significant and sustained positive change. Restorative practice is a way to be, not a process to follow or a thing to do. Find out more about what restorative practice is by seeing our FAQs and supporting materials on this page.
Who we are
We are a multi-agency group made up of representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, Restorative Gloucestershire, Prospects Youth Support and other partners from schools, children’s services, police, district councils, health services etc.
We recognise the importance of strong and healthy relationships, being fair and inclusive and empowering people and communities to find the solutions within themselves for the problems they face.
What's currently happening in Gloucestershire?
After a lot of engagement activity in 2016, we are piloting restorative practice in a range of settings in Gloucestershire. See our latest newsletter for more information.
This pilot will introduce restorative practices into leadership, curriculum, learning and student behaviour. It will aim to strengthen a sense of community and accountability, develop skills for learning, reduce disruptive behaviours and lead to increased attendance and reduced exclusions.
This pilot will bring together people of all ages and backgrounds in a local community. It will aim to develop a restorative ethos that identifies and builds on community strengths, uses a common language to promote wellbeing across and between generations and the achievement of shared outcomes.
This pilot will introduce restorative practices into a Primary School, to strengthen a sense of community and accountability, develop skills for learning, reduce disruptive behaviours, to increase attendance and reduces exclusions.
Child protection conferences
This pilot is intended to increase family engagement in the conference process and ensure the voice of the child is heard by providing a high support, high challenge environment.
Locality-based social care and early help teams will pilot new ways of preparing and supporting children and their parents before and during the conference.
This pilot is focused on developing the restorative mindset of leaders and managers to understand how stronger relationships with and between staff and partners can enhance working relations, individual and team performance, quality of services and outcomes for children, families and communities.
It will also focus on developing use of restorative techniques to improve the effectiveness of meetings, communications and problem solving and promote shared responsibility and accountability. This pilot is made up of 3 strands, the Leadership programme, Management programme and Practice Champions programme.
Our shared ambition
Gloucestershire has a strong foundation to build on. There are already a range of restorative practices happening in a variety of settings:
- Family Group Conferencing in children’s services
- Gloucestershire Innovations/BASE in youth support services
- Asset Based Community Development in policing and neighbourhood safety
- Restorative Supervision in health services
- Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training for frontline health professionals
We are piloting restorative practice in a range of settings to build and support a common culture across organisations in Gloucestershire. See our Proposal for additional detail.
Our shared intention is that explicit adoption of restorative principles, values and methodologies that develop healthy relationships and positively resolve conflict and difficulties will improve the quality and consistency of services and outcomes for children, young people, families and communities in Gloucestershire.
How to find out more