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February 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in News Roundup

Schools across the U.S. adopt restorative practices and move away from discriminatory discipline practices, restorative justice moves forward in Ireland, Jamaica, Bermuda and Geneva, plus find links to more news and videos in this month’s roundup.

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New Dutch law puts family power first

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Community and Family, Europe

The Dutch parliament amends the country’s Law on Child Welfare to give every citizen of the Netherlands the right to make their own plan first when social services has been called upon to intervene in the care of a child or adolescent.

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Chicago mayor advocates restorative school communities

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Schools

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s Commission for a Safer Chicago operates from a belief that violence is preventable, not inevitable. The commission has created a Strategic Plan for Youth Violence for 2015, which includes recommendations to create restorative school communities and build bridges between youth and police.

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Netherlands’ mayor invites village to a family group conference

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Community and Family, Europe

Watch a video trailer for Letter of the Mayor, a documentary showing what happens when a community struggling with a variety of quality of life issues comes together in a Family Group Conference to build relationships and solve their problems themselves.

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Video: Bullying prevention and restorative practices

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Schools

IIRP Lecture Elizabeth Smull, who presented on restorative practice at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference, says she left feeling excited about how people from around the world are beginning to speak a common language about creating safe school communities.

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Healing the dark undercurrent of sexual violence

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Europe, Justice

One in Four, a Dublin, Ireland-based organization that works to support adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, offers restorative services for clients and uses the practices to provide a new level of support and structure for staff.

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January 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in News Roundup

Study shows suspending students lowers achievement of non-suspended students, federal government issues new guidelines for education in juvenile detention, an Irish priest calls for restorative practices to address homelessness, plus much more about schools, justice and the community.

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Bullying prevention and restorative practices can work together

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Schools

A new White Paper by the Center for Safe Schools, Clemson University and the Highmark Foundation outlines how bullying prevention programs and restorative practices can work in tandem.

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Voice and choice in learning

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Model Program, Schools

Giving students voice and choice is essential to creating engaged learners. In a restorative classroom, learning is a shared responsibility between the students and the teacher — a natural extension of CSF Buxmont’s restorative culture.

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Bullying resolved with restorative questions

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Europe, Schools, Video

In this video, a principal in an Irish secondary school describes a serious bullying incident between two 12-year-old boys that was resolved satisfactorily through the asking of restorative questions.

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