Restorative Circles

Morni from 5Dock has been attending a Restorative Circle in Sydney and has suggested such an idea would be good for our community too. Here is a little bit about it and a video to watch. Please post your comments.

A Restorative Circle is a community process for supporting those in conflict. It brings together the three parties to a conflict – those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider community – within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and guided by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit.

Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages designed to identity the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. As a circle form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding, self-responsibility and effective action.

Please watch the videos, read the online articles, attend one of our learning events and collaborate with those developing practical responses to community safety and empowerment.

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