Using restorative justice: manager and care staff views

Carol Hayden and Dennis Gough

in Implementing restorative justice in children's residential care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426482
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302568 | DOI:
Using restorative justice: manager and care staff views

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This chapter describes the experiences, views and perceptions of managers and care staff in the United Kingdom regarding their use of restorative justice (RJ) in managing problem behaviour and offending behaviour in children in residential care. Their views were collated in four main ways: by questionnaires administered in autumn 2006 and again in autumn 2007; by structured group discussions with care staff within the same two time periods; by individual interviews with unit managers, again in the same two periods; and, throughout the research by participation in staff meetings that included presentations of interim findings to managers and key staff involved in implementing the RJ approach. This level of interaction with practitioners helped maintain interest in the research and ensure the relevance of questions asked. This chapter also considers staff training and the principle of voluntarism in the restorative justice approach.

Keywords: United Kingdom; residential care; children; restorative justice; managers; staff; problem behaviour; offending behaviour; training; voluntarism

Chapter.  6674 words.  Illustrated.

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