Our CEO Deborah Mitchell graduates from the School of Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme
Deborah has been part of a fantastic cohort of social entrepreneurs with huge commitment and drive over the past year.
In her speech at the graduation event, held at The Eden Project, Deborah outlined our mission for young people:
Every child in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly deserves to learn Restorative Principles as part of their education.
So what is Restorative Practice? Quite simply, it’s equipping children and young people with transferable principles
for communication and problem-solving, so that they can recognise difference and value it, and respond creatively to conflict – which
is inevitable – preventing harmful escalation, whether in person, or online.
It’s a kind of everyday ethics, what used to be called conscience, reinforcing a moral compass for young people to look after themselves and each other – so it’s great for agendas like anti- bullying, tackling prejudice, and good mental health.
There is plenty of scope for RJ Working to contribute in Cornwall and although we are members of the national Restorative Justice Council network, and the European Forum for Restorative Justice, we are committed to Cornwall for our service delivery. We want to reach the most disadvantaged children and young people, those who don’t get positive social and emotional coaching at home, and we want to really narrow the gap between them and the others.