Repairing harm, restoring relationships, encouraging accountability, and providing support
Restorative Conferences use a structured protocol with the Restorative Questions to address serious problems or a cumulative pattern of less serious incidents. Everyone affected by the incident comes together to address the needs of the person harmed, while the person who caused harm is supported to take responsibility for his/her actions and repair what happened. A shared agreement is reached by the end of the conference and monitored for follow through. The conferences focus on building relationships, promoting personal accountability, and repairing harm rather than on punishment and blame. This process also gives voice to the person harmed, allowing them a say in what needs to be done to make the situation better. Formal Restorative Conferences can follow serious incidents. Informal Restorative Conferences can happen on a more impromptu basis.