Restorative practice promoted in Wakefield schools

​Date: 05/04/2016

Ref: PR 8206

Primary School children in Wakefield have been showing how restorative practice has helped them by designing banners to be used to promote the use of restorative interventions.

Fifty schools in the Wakefield district now use restorative interventions to solve conflicts in school. The scheme allows victims and offenders of incidents, such as bullying and anti-social behaviour, to have a facilitated meeting and agree on the best way of dealing with the incident and putting things right.

Wakefield Council has been running a competition with practicing Primary Schools to design images that represent how they felt when taking part in a restorative intervention in their school.

Over 30 schools took part to win the chance to have their design displayed on banners to promote the Council's Restorative Justice Service.

The winning schools are Streethouse School, Airedale Juniors and South Hiendley Junior and Infants, and Sharlston Community School is a runner-up.

The winners were chosen by the Wakefield Community Safety Partnership and the winning schools will receive a banner displaying the chosen images.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Restorative practices in our schools help to give young people the tools they need to sort conflict and avoid future offending. It has helped to reduce the number of incidents in schools and exclusions.

"By taking part in this competition the schools have been able to learn from restorative interventions that have taken place and help spread the message to other people. Congratulations to all the winners."

The winning schools are being presented with their winning banners at an event on Thursday 7 April at the Safer Communities Victim and Witness Centre on Wood Street, Wakefield.

The banners will also be used at future Council events to promote Restorative Justice.

The Council's Restorative Justice Service not only works with younger people but is used in all types of offending in the district, including anti-social behaviour and other low level criminal offences.  Other partners involved in this service include schools and colleges, the Police, Victim Support, Liaison and Diversion and Wakefield Youth Offending Team.

The use of restorative intervention can support victims to deal with the effects of an incident and help them to move forward.

To contact the Restorative Justice Team call 01924 304155.