Introducing Restorative Justice


Explains how restorative justice can used, and demonstrates the positive impact it can have.

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Producer: Living Archive
Year Produced: 2005
Running time: 70 minutes
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This film contains four segments that explain how restorative justice can used in schools, and demonstrates the positive impact it can have. The first segment is an introduction to restorative justice for students and their parents. It describes it as a mechanism for resolving conflicts, restoring relationships and fostering respect among students and school staff. To illustrate the benefits, students relate three stories, two about fights and the third about bullying.

The second segment provides an explanation of restorative justice for staff and school administrators. Divided into two parts, it includes the information provided students in segment one adding the voice of teachers and administrators. Teachers describe the training they received and how it has helped them apply restorative approaches.

A third segment, titled ‘Other Stories’, presents individual stories. This includes a student and teacher talking about an incident between them in class and how a conference had helped them improve their relationship. Another story concerns a conflict between two girls that escalated to the point of parents becoming involved. The father of one student and the facilitator describe the expanding impact of the conflict and the emotional journey of the conference and the positive results coming out of it. In the final story, a young girl describes a disagreement she had with a friend when two of her friends did not get along and how the conference helped them find ways to repair their relationship.

The final segment is a dramatisation of a conference between two students who had been in a fight and their parents. The video shows the facilitator welcoming each party to the conference, discussing ground rules and then allowing each participant to have a voice in the process.

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