What we offer
Restorative approaches acknowledge and mediate conflict and build relationships through a supported process of talking, listening and understanding; for the benefit of all parties involved.
RJ Working exists to equip young people and their communities with the principles, language and confidence to build a more compassionate and more fair society. 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.
Our training and consultancy services are modular and adaptable to the needs of each school environment:
- Consultation and development planning with Headteachers and members of their SLT – please contact us now to plan for the academic year beginning September 2018.
- Staff engagement workshops delivered though inset or after school, for the whole staff team, or teams within the wider staff group.
- Intensive 3-day multi-agency Restorative Facilitator training for working with young people, suited to Pastoral Care leads. Successful completion means participants can register with the Restorative Justice Council as Associate Practitioners. RJ Working can support ongoing learning for full accreditation with the Restorative Justice Council.
- Intensive 3-day ‘Ripple Effect’ training for ten students and two key staff members who can support their next steps following the training. This innovative programme has been developed in collaboration with secondary schools and universities in Cornwall. It is attracting national attention and being independently evaluated by Ipsos MORI.
- The development of restorative ‘Peer Mentoring’ and ‘Peer Mediation’ programmes. These must be safely supported by staff fully understanding their responsibilities being appropriately shared with students and children.
- A Whole School approach, drawing on all of the above, depending on the unique school environment, and the building blocks already in place. This includes co-production of Policies with students taking increasing levels of responsibility. This level of commitment is associated with multiple benefits and impacts and can lead to achieving the Quality Mark of the Restorative Justice Council.
- Work with the wider community which may involve restorative approaches to neighbourhood disputes. We are especially keen to work with groups of parents who want to support their children’s social and emotional education through restorative approaches, and with schools who want to relate to parents using this model.
Costs can be subsidised through grants. There is a strong association with reducing inequality and narrowing the gap, also with mental health benefits, so restorative practice is an appropriate use of pupil premium and Headstart funding.