NetCare has developed several successful programmes with Education Authorities and individual schools in Ireland and the UK. These programmes have helped to address issues of conflict within the school setting, bullying and problems with pupil attendance. NetCare was also the first to introduce Restorative Practices into schools in Ireland. They have constantly reviewed and updated their school training for staff and pupils.

These programmes have proven to:

  • Reduce conflict and exclusions by as much as 60%
  • Reduce assaults on staff
  • Increase attendance levels by 62%
  • Create a more harmonious school environment
  • Effectively tackle bullying
  • Build a strategic approach to problem solving
  • Develop young people’s social skills

Restorative Approaches in Schools

Our Clients have included:

Southend Local Education Authority. Southern Education and Library Board, Northern Ireland. Belfast Education Library Board, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education. North Western Health Promotion Service (Bullying Programme). Department of Education, England. Department of Education, Ireland. School Completion Programme, Dundalk and Dublin. Youth Reach, Ireland. Southern Partnership Programme, Dublin and individual schools throughout the UK and Ireland. 

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This is the beginning text of a great article published in Crimetalk by Prof Carol Hayden, Portsmouth University, UK:

Restorative Justice (RJ) has been described as ‘a global social movement’ (Robinson and Shapland 2008: 337) and provides a powerful alternative paradigm to punitiveness for addressing wrongdoing and harmful behaviour in a range of contexts. However, there are many who believe that the ‘justice’ aspect of the approach is not transferable (or should not be transferred) outside the criminal justice system. The reference to ‘justice’ in the term RJ is frequently changed in work with children where it is common to refer to Restorative Approaches [RAs] (Hayden and Gough, 2010) or Restorative Practices (Sherman and Strang, 2007) – to avoid the taint of the criminalisation process. In the rest of this article, therefore, RAs will be used as the preferred term in relation to work with schools.

To view the text click on Crimetalk

Anti bullying strategies in schools