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The 8th Annual Restorative Approaches in Educational and Care Settings Conference
Developing an Inner Moral Compass

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March 2012
Radisson Blu Hotel and Conference Centre, Cardiff.

Opening Address by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Patron of the Restorative Justice Council

This eighth annual restorative approaches in Education and Care Settings Conference is the popular ‘home’ conference for all those working restoratively with young people. 

Restorative Approaches enable young people to develop stronger intrinsic discipline and self-regulation as well as offering effective responses to conflicts, disruption and anti-social behaviour – whether in a school, care home or other setting. A restorative approach is based on a philosophy of mutual respect, consideration, shared accountability and collaborative problem-solving which needs to permeate the ethos of any institution adopting the approach.

This year’s conference is returning, by popular demand, to the two-day format. On the first day the focus is on training to enable delegates to gain a deeper understanding of the use of restorative approaches in a specific sector of education or care. The second day will examine the topical issue of how young people learn how to behave with respect, care and consideration for others and the best ways to respond when they get it wrong. Delegates may attend either or both days.

The theme for this year’s conference is Developing an inner moral compass”  This theme is prompted in part by the rioting that took place in the Summer 2011 in many UK cities and the reaction of pundits who were attributing the riots to the lack of strong discipline in schools.  We want to challenge the notion that what is needed are firmer extrinsic disciplinary responses and argue for an approach that develops stronger intrinsic discipline and self-regulation. Restorative practice can do just that – in schools, in care homes and in communities at large, adopted across a local authority by all its services and agencies.


Wednesday 14th March 2012

The focus of the first day is on how a restorative approach in your place of work can transform your day-to-day working relationships with colleagues, young people, and their parents.  This is primarily a training day developing the skills to implement restorative approaches and is relevant to those starting with restorative approaches as well as those that would like to develop their skills further.

The day will consist of six parallel day-long training courses, each one focussing on a different specialist area. These will be delivered by members of the Transforming Conflict training team who have experience and expertise in each of these areas. The approach is generic, but each course will begin with a basic introduction to restorative approaches and then focus on adapting these to particular settings, ages and developmental stages. Participants will leave with some practical strategies they can use straight away.

Stream 6 will be an advanced, forward-thinking group on engaging with people on the Autistic Spectrum
Bonita Holland and Sue Fraser, who are two of the most experienced professionals in the UK working restoratively with young people with a range of complex learning needs, will lead this session.


15th March 2012

The day will focus on how restorative approaches have helped young people develop the skill of self-regulation and the qualities of care, consideration and respect through plenary presentations from senior managers from education and care, workshops from experienced practitioners and our legendary World Café with exciting new additions using drama, games and films.

We are honoured that the patron of the Restorative Justice Council, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, has agreed to open our conference on Thursday 15th March and participate in the conference throughout the morning.


Who Should Attend
Over the years’, this event has brought together professionals from a variety of disciplines: teachers, social workers, education and school managers, YOTS personnel, local authority officers and elected members. The conference is relevant to:

• Directors of Education
• Members Responsible for Education
• Headteachers and Senior Pastoral Staff
• Year Heads
• School Governors
• Youth Offending Team Managers
• Educational Psychologists
• Behaviour Support Managers
• Learning Support Managers
• Healthy Schools Advisers
• Safer School Partnership Team Managers
• Residential Social Workers

Booking & Further Information For further information on this conference, the programme, speakers and to book online please go to:

For booking enquiries please contact Benedict Business Resources on 01483 205432.
For any other queries please contact Zoe Charlesworth on 0118 933 2636 or email

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