South Korean delegation learn about restorative practices

23/01/2020, PR-9271

South Korean delegation visit

​A South Korean delegation has visited Wakefield Council to learn more about its successful and innovative use of restorative practices.

The Council’s Learning Academy was visited by the delegation, made up of educators, students and local government officials, to see first-hand how restorative practice is being used effectively to support children, young people and their families in the district.

Wakefield’s children’s services uses restorative practice with children and their families to help resolve difficulties and to build and maintain healthy relationships.

Wakefield was one of the few chosen as part of the delegates’ week-long trip to the UK and Ireland. Wakefield was chosen as they use restorative approaches, not in isolation, but as part of its Practice Model – Connecting Practice. This is rather unique. The group was made up of restorative practitioners, including educators, researchers, counsellors, and students. 

Wakefield is innovative in its approach having created a ‘toolkit’ from which staff can draw on for support to help families resolve their own problems.

The Council also aims to use restorative principles and behaviours internally in the workplace as well as jointly with partners going forward.

Hearing and learning first-hand about Wakefield’s restorative practice journey and its capabilities, the delegates plan to utilise the knowledge to further develop restorative practice in their own settings.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We are delighted that the delegation chose to come and visit Wakefield, as this has been an amazing opportunity for us to share our positive restorative practice journey and what makes us unique in Wakefield.

“I hope they have learnt a lot from their visit and would like to thank the staff at the Learning Academy for their hard work as always.”

As it was their first visit to Wakefield, the delegation were also given a snapshot of the heritage and culture across the district, including mentions of the award-winning Hepworth Wakefield and upcoming Rhubarb Festival.

The Learning Academy is a team focused on supporting the continuing professional development of the whole Children and Young People’s workforce, including partners, in order to better support and positively impact the Wakefield district’s children and families.

The Learning Academy can be contacted on 01924 302128 or learningacademy@wakefield.gov.uk