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1 Restorative Thinking Lesley Parkinson, Director and Programme Manager Restorative Thinking is a Registered Training Provider with the Restorative Justice Council, and adheres to the RJC Trainers Code of Practice. Restorative Thinking (with Odd Arts) A Restorative Justice Toolkit Developed with Young People, for Young People

2 Programme Development Restorative Thinking Intervention Programme Developed with Odd Arts Developed with young people at Sheffield YOS Launched at 2013 Youth Justice Convention Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

3 Restorative Thinking is currently delivered at: Rainsbrook STC North Yorkshire YJS Barton Moss Secure Care Unit Wigan YOT and Wigan Restorative Solutions Team Bracknell YOS Torbay YOT Devon YOT Huddersfield YOT Dewsbury YOT Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

4 Purpose of the Programme Benefits for young people Explains what RJ is. Empowers young people to manage daily challenges and conflicts. Develops key life skills (literacy, employability). Delivers a restorative education to support maturity and facilitate desistance. Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

5 When/where/how to deliver? Six 1.5 hour weekly sessions Delivered 1:1 or with small groups. Referral Order Contract. ISS Programme. Youth Rehabilitation Order. Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

6 What does it look like? Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

7 Programme outcomes Greater victim satisfaction: greater take-up of RJ at request of victim/s. Young people understand the restorative process and the opportunities for involvement in RJ in the criminal justice system (supports the revised ‘Code of Practice for Victims of Crime’ 2013). Take-up of RJ by young offenders, relating to their own offence, potentially increases. Young people acquire a key life skill in RJ approaches, able to support a reduction in reoffending. Young people have access to a restorative education, to resolve disputes and to support future choices. Familiarisation with restorative ‘language’ and concepts. Improves key life skills (literacy, employability). Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

8 Why does the programme work? The programme has been developed with young people at Sheffield YOS; they helped to develop the style (look and feel), activities and content of the programme, making it relevant to young people. The programme appeals to all learning styles (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic). Restorative Thinking promotes responsibility-taking and improves self-talk, leading to changes in attitude and behaviour, supporting a reduction in reoffending, improving maturity and life chances and facilitating desistance. The programme draws on cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy and neuroscience. Improves the capacity to change (positivity, resilience, self-talk, responsibility-taking). Facilitates the process of change (constructive development). Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

9 Staff Training What needs to happen for staff to be able to deliver the programme effectively, either 1:1 or in small groups? Choice of two 1-day training options for YOTs (see handout). For staff already trained as Restorative Facilitators. Wrap around support included. Optional observation days to embed effective delivery/practice, particularly useful in first year. Copyright 2014 Restorative Thinking Limited

10 Contact Mrs Lesley Parkinson, Programme Manager e: w: t:


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