Posted on Wednesday 28th August 2019
Staffordshire is embodying a new way of working with Children and Families by using the popular ‘Restorative Practice’ model.
Staffordshire County Council’s Families and Communities directorate are adopting a new way of working with children and families by utilising the popular ‘Restorative Practice’ model. This model empowers practitioners working with children and families to focus on building healthy and positive relationships that create change. This practice has already been adopted successfully by a number of councils across the UK.
The fundamental principle of restorative practices is that “human beings are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.” There is overwhelming evidence that services that use restorative practice to work with children and families have seen a reduction in the numbers of looked after children and young people and those needing child protection plans.
Staffordshire’s Families and Communities services currently already use some restorative practice techniques through the ‘Family Group Conferences’ and in the ‘Solution Focused Brief’ Therapy.
From October 2019 - March 2019, Staff will be trained to use the new Restorative Practice model and will be using it with children and families as soon as they are trained.