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IIRP UK & Ireland summer conference energizes participants

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Events

IIRP UK & Ireland held their 2nd Annual Conference, “Restorative Practice: The Way Forward in Salford,” in partnership with Salford City Council at Salford City Stadium, on Thursday, June 20, 2013. The conference was attended by 127 people from all over the UK and Ireland. As well as showcasing the great variety and quality of restorative practice taking place in Salford, attendees also heard plenaries and workshops from across England & Wales and as far away as Hong Kong and Hungary. Vidia Negrea, director of Community Service Foundation of Hungary, an IIRP international affiliate, discussed her work in prisons during a plenary and a workshop. Dennis Wong, a professor at the City University of Hong Kong, recounted his...

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Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 1st print edition now available

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Justice

Restorative Justice: An International Journal has announced that its first issue is now in print. The journal is available from Hart Publishers. eForum subscribers are eligible for a discount. A sample, which includes the first four pieces in the journal, may now be downloaded. CONTENTS OF VOLUME 1. ISSUE 1. 2013 Editorial An adventure is taking off. Why Restorative Justice: An International Journal? by Ivo Aertsen, Stephan Parmentier, Inge Vanfraechem, Lode Walgrave and Estelle Zinsstag “Words on words” by Nils Christie “Ten responses to ‘Words on words’” by John Braithwaite, Kathleen Daly, Jan Froestad & Clifford Shearing, Shadd Maruna, Gabrielle Maxwell, Christa Pelikan, Joanna Shapland, Josep...

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Report: Teachers believe social-emotional learning critical to success in school, work, life

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Schools

“From the schoolhouse to State House, ‘academic skills’ have been emphasized, tested, and reported upon, but another essential aspect of a child’s education — social and emotional learning (SEL) — has been underemphasized or altogether forgotten — with serious consequences to children, schools, and communities,” write Jennifer Buffett, member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Board of Directors and NoVo Foundation President and Co-Chair, and Timothy Shriver, CASEL Board of Directors Chair and Special Olympics CEO, in an open letter to the American people. This letter appears at the beginning of a report released last month called “The Missing Piece: A National Teacher...

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Family group conferences for adults

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Families

The following are excerpts from an article by Tim Fisher, the family group conferencing manager in Camden, UK, “What child protection can teach adult safeguarding – and vice versa.” In this piece, which appeared in Community Care, Fisher explains how “At Camden Council we are following in the footsteps of local authorities like Hampshire and Kent by commissioning family group conferences for adult service users and their families.” Family group conferencing (FGC) has long since entered the mainstream of social work practice in children’s services, with three-quarters of local authorities commissioning child welfare FGCs, according to the Family Rights Group. Now increasingly FGC and restorative approaches are...

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Video: Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED on restorative practices to resolve conflict and build relationships

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Schools, Video

Katy Hutchison, of British Columbia, Canada, lost her husband when he was brutally beaten to death by teenagers at a party in their neighborhood. Katy would later meet the young man who murdered her husband, and she now advocates and speaks about restorative justice. This moving talk incorporates the restorative lessons she learned from her father, the lessons she tries to teach her own children, and the restorative approach she believes would work better not only for addressing wrongdoing throughout society, but also for changing lives and building community through its use in schools. Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships: Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED –...

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Restorative zones: IIRP’s John Bailie to present at the Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Community

This Friday, June 21, at 9:15 am, IIRP assistant professor and director of continuing education Dr. John Bailie will present a breakout session titled, “Restorative Schools and Restorative Zones: A Whole-Community Approach to Limiting Youth Contact with Police and Justice Systems,” at the Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice in Toledo, Ohio. The theme for the conference is “Keepin’ It Real – Race and Restorative Justice.” John sent along the following to describe the scope of his talk, which is relevant to IIRP’s work with diverse populations in urban areas: Restorative practices has the potential to offer an overarching framework, comprised of research-based interventions and interpersonal...

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Restorative practices in Hungarian prisons

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Justice

“Talks Behind the Walls: Restorative Encounters in Prison Settings,” a new paper by Dóra Szegő (Researcher, Foresee Research Group, Hungary) and Dr. Borbala Fellegi (Executive Director, Foresee Research Group, Hungary) published in the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice (IJRJ), tells a story of the promise and challenges of implementing restorative approaches in youth and adult prison settings in Hungary. The following excerpts explain the scope of the report: The study is based on a pilot project in Hungary carried out within the framework of the EU-funded international project, Mediation and Restorative Justice (RJ) in Prison Settings (MEREPS). This aimed to pilot restorative practises in two Hungarian prisons – an...

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IIRP receives grant to improve climate in Philadelphia schools

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Schools

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School has received a multi-year grant from The Philadelphia Foundation’s Fund for Children to implement restorative practices in 10 Philadelphia School District high schools and middle schools. The IIRP’s SaferSanerSchools Whole-School Change Program will help the schools build relationships between students, staff and parents; create a sense of community; improve student behavior; reduce violence and bullying and establish school climates conducive to learning. Rather than just reacting to incidents after they occur, the program implements proactive techniques that foster relationships and a sense of belonging. The IIRP’s Whole-School Change Program has been...

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Ted Wachtel HuffPo op-ed on school-to-prison pipeline

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Schools

IIRP President Ted Wachtel writes: I sent a letter to the editors of the The New York Times responding to its May 29, 2013, editorial about “The School-to-Prison Pipeline.” “I was pleased to see your editorial highlighting the need for schools to change their approach to school discipline, as recommended by the NY City School-Justice Partnership task force, but the discussion is framed in reactive terms, such as a ‘graduated response protocol.’ Rather, the first step in reducing misbehavior and violence in schools is to proactively build social capital.In the early 1980s, I co-authored Toughlove, to advise parents and other adults dealing with troubled youth, but in the years since there has been more tough...

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Registration open for 16th IIRP World Conference

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Events

The 16th IIRP World Conference, “Restorative Works: What Works, What Doesn’t, How and Why,” takes place October 21-23, 2013, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. The three days include international plenary sessions on restorative justice; whole-school change and school-based restorative zones; and restorative practices in faith-based organizations. There will also be a long and diverse lineup of breakout sessions by presenters from nine countries on restorative practices in education, social welfare, criminal justice, community development, workplaces, and more… Pre- and post-conference events include a pre-conference dinner October 20th; Basic Restorative Practices with 2- & 4-Day options; 2-Day Restorative...

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