Restorative Practices is a system of principles and processes that build and sustain a culture of respect, responsibility, and accountability. This is achieved through emphasizing the importance of trusting relationships as central to building community and repairing relationships/restoring community when harm has occurred.
Grounded in the traditions of Indigenous Cultures around the world, these practices underscore the value of respect, compassion, dignity, accountability, and inclusion of all members of the community. This approach rests with the belief that everyone is an equal member of society and everyone has a contribution to make.
”The underlying premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative, more productive and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things WITH them rather than TO them or FOR them.”
- Ted Wachtel, International Institute for Restorative Practices