Following our achievement of the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) at the beginning of 2017 RJ Working’s Board of Directors committed to working with young people and children.
In 2017 we launched our Ripple Effect training programme with young people and staff in Cornwall’s secondary schools and colleges.
In 2018 we have continued this work and piloted a new programme for primary schools.
Restorative Practice has been shown to reduce fixed term and permanent exclusions, improve health and wellbeing and reduce the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and others, which in Cornwall is 20% larger than the national average.
Our training-led model teaches young people the skills they need to be courageous in responding to conflict creatively and builds understanding of how perceived difference can fuel conflict and harm, in order to prevent it happening.
We hold a particular focus on prejudice and discrimination, what this means to young people and what they need to tackle these issues while growing up in Cornwall. We share this work with other organisations who support young people in and out of school.
FX RP is a group of Falmouth and Exeter University students at Penryn Campus in Falmouth, who having undertaken the Ripple Effect training course, are meeting regularly and working on introducing Restorative Practices on campus.