The International Institute for Restorative Practices views restorative practices as a social science that studies how to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making.
Using restorative practices in schools helps to:
- reduce crime, violence, and bullying
- improve human behavior
- strengthen community and citizenship
- provide effective leadership
- restore relationships
- repair harm
Restorative Practices vs. Restorative Justice
Restorative justice is reactive- the formal and informal responses to crime, misbehavior, and wrongdoing after it occurs. Restorative practices are proactive- the formal and informal processes that precede any wrongdoing; processes which build relationships and community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing.
Restorative Practices & Restorative Justice in CVUHSD
Our district office and school site staff are committed to using restorative practices to help build supportive, connected, and engaging relationships with students and families. When relationships are damaged and/or someone is harmed in our community, our staff will use restorative justice approaches to repair the harm.