What are Restorative Practices (RP)?

CDI has been implementing a Restorative Practices Programme since 2010.  Restorative Practices (RP) are both a philosophy and a set of skills that have the core aim of building strong relationships and transforming conflict in a simple and emotionally healthy manner. The word “restorative” comes from the word “restore”.  Being restorative means being able to easily and effectively restore broken relationships and, more importantly, it means being able to consciously prevent relationships breaking down in the first place.

CDI RP Training Courses

CDI provides regular RP training and for details of our RP Training Schedule for 2017 click here.  For details of our RP Summer Course for Teachers click here.

People who have done CDI’s RP training and are using restorative practices as a way of working report that their work is easier, more enjoyable and more effective. Parents report better relationships with their children, residents report better relationships with their neighbours and young people report increased confidence and better relationships with their teachers, their families, their friends and their peers.

Restorative Community Services

As part of our ongoing work to embed restorative practices in the community, CDI has developed and supports a panel of Restorative Facilitators that are available to work with individuals and groups to help them resolve conflict.  In liaison with the South Dublin Mediation Service and Restorative Justice Ireland, we believe that this is a useful addition to the supports available to local people.

The Restorative Community Services information leaflet is available here.

For further information about the service or to enquire about help to solve a problem or conflict between friends, family, colleagues or neighbours contact Claire Casey at claire@twcdi.ie or (01) 494 0300.

Restorative Practices in Tallaght

Restorative Practices (RP) help us sustain strong, happy communities by actively developing good relationships, by preventing conflict and by resolving conflict in a healthy manner when it does arise.  When we are being restorative, we consciously work at developing and maintaining good relationships, we have high expectations of each other and we give each other high levels of support to meet our expectations.  RP is a philosophy based on respect for others and a set of skills that support good relationships, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

The RP approach provides a framework which can support a wide range of organisations and sectors. It complements and supports other approaches, such as coaching, mediation, and restorative justice.

CDI has specific objectives regarding enhancing a sense of personal safety and belonging in the community, alongside improved inter-agency collaboration and connection between service providers and residents in Tallaght West. In 2010, we introduced our Restorative Practices Programme in order to facilitate the progression of these objectives and in particular to support the implementation of our Community Safety Initiative.

With the overall aim of supporting Tallaght West to become a Restorative Community, our RP programme has involved the provision of training to the management and staff of statutory, community and voluntary organisations with responsibility for the well-being of children and also to parents, residents and young people. The RP Programme has also involved the accreditation of 16 locally based RP trainers to develop capacity and sustainability and the development of support networks for sharing learning and developing joint activities to promote the use of RP.

The Children and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway, conducted an evaluation of the RP Programme between 2010 and 2012.  Fives et al (2013), the authors of the evaluation report, conclude: “The findings demonstrate the effectiveness of the RP Programme for the management of conflict in Tallaght West.  There were improvements in people’s ability to deal with conflict in work, school, in the home, in the community and in interagency settings.”

CDI is currently working towards launching Tallaght West as a Restorative Community and we are continuing to deliver training and provide support to organisations working to implement a restorative approach.

2017 Training Dates

To view CDI’s Restorative Practices Training dates 2017 click here. To download a booking form click here.

Evaluation Report and Policy Brief

Restorative Practice Videos

Restorative Practice Strategic Forum Conference March 20, 2013

To view the Restorative Practices Ireland website click here.