South Korean delegation learn about restorative practices
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.
children’s services uses restorative practice with children and their families
to help resolve difficulties and to build and maintain healthy relationships.
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.
is innovative in its approach having created a ‘toolkit’ from which staff can
draw on for support to help families resolve their
Council also aims to use restorative principles and behaviours internally in
the workplace as well as jointly with partners going forward.
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.
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.”
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
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