What to Expect

Restorative practices may be different from meetings you have attended in the past because they allow the opportunity for:

      • Sharing emotions
      • Addressing harms and needs in a polite and respectful manner
      • Telling your story and listening to others’ stories
      • Taking responsibility for your behavior
      • Forgiving past harms
      • Gaining a deeper understanding of the individuals involved
      • Group decision making
      • Active listening
      • Community engagement 

Benefits

Participating in a restorative process has several benefits:

      • Increases sense of belonging
      • Increases Community awareness
      • Develops problem-solving skills
      • Improves relationships
      • Creates empathy
      • Increases the need to take responsibility
      • Develops strategies for expressing feelings
      • Promotes accountability

Voluntary and Confidential

Restorative practices are typically voluntary and the information shared during a process usually is held in confidence. There may be exceptions to confidentiality if the information is determined to be a future threat to self or others. Each participant usually has the right, at any point, to suspend the process and remove themselves from the process. The facilitator also often holds the right to suspend the process if they feel it is not safe or healthy for any of the stakeholders involved.

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