Restorative Practices (RP) are an evidence-based approach that helps develop and sustain strong and happy organisations and communities by actively developing good relationships, preventing the escalation of conflict and handling conflict in a creative and healthy manner.
CDI has trained over 2,500 adults and 230 children in Restorative Practices, and evaluations have consistently found that participants are readily able to use the approach; that relationships in the workplace improve, and that where conflict occurs, it is resolved more quickly.
For example, the evaluation of the RP Programme in Tallaght found: a reduction by 43% in work place conflicts in organisations that have adopted an RP approach; and 87% of those who had undertaken training reported being more confident in dealing with conflict.
CDI RP Training Courses
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (01) 494 0300.
Restorative Practices in Tallaght
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.
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.
Evaluation Report and Policy Brief
Restorative Practice Videos
- Tallaght Restorative Practices Programme (RP Promo video)
- Fishbowl Circle
- Problem solving in a Secondary School.
To view the Restorative Practices Ireland website click here.