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From Wagga Wagga<sup>1</sup> to the children's home

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426482.003.0008
From Wagga Wagga1 to the children's home

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This chapter makes a number of observations about the impact of implementing a restorative justice (RJ) approach in ten children's care homes in the United Kingdom and examines issues to be resolved in relation to the practicalities of using this approach in a residential care setting. The cohort study depended centrally on staff in children's services setting up a tracking system and helping the researchers to add data on education and offending. Institutional data on incident records, police call-outs and use of the out-of-hours service all showed a reduction following the implementation of RJ. Little progress had been made in the research into harnessing the power of the local community to address problem behaviour by children in care or providing services and links between homes and local communities to develop fully a sense of social inclusion and belonging. There existed a policy gap between restorative approaches to problem behaviour inside and outside the home. As a result, children in care continued to be overrepresented in the ranks of those entering the criminal justice system.

Keywords: United Kingdom; residential care; children; restorative justice; problem behaviour; criminal justice; care homes; police call-outs; out-of-hours service; social inclusion

Chapter.  5885 words.  Illustrated.

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