Our Community Safety team lead the way in coordinating Restorative Approaches across the county.
We designed and developed the Suffolk Restorative Approaches Hub, which is the place for sharing, supporting and learning between like-minded RA advocates as well as promoting what Restorative Approaches are and how they are used across Suffolk.
What is Restorative Approaches?
The processes and interventions of a restorative approach aim to make things as right as possible after some behaviour or event which has adversely affected people. It stresses the importance of the relationship and seeks at all times to restore the relationship between people when these have been damaged by inappropriate, antisocial or offending behaviour.
In broad terms, restorative approaches constitute an approach to challenging behaviour, which puts repairing the harm done to relationships and people, over and above the need for assigning blame and dispensing punishment.
In all the types of restorative approaches available they require those involved to be given the opportunity to explain what has happened, how they have been affected and to suggest how the harm can be repaired.
If you are a victim of a crime and/or have a neighbourhood dispute and you would like to know more about how restorative approaches can help, send us a message using the contact form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.