Welcome - and thank you!
Transforming Conflict has been pioneering relational and restorative approaches in school settings and in children's homes since 1994 - longer than anyone else in the UK!
This website is full of useful resources and information to help you find out more, whether you are wanting to develop your own skills,to implement a restorative approach where you work or simply to increase your understanding of what a restorative approach is all about.
We have developed a unique institution-wide model that draws on best practice in community-building, communication skills, conflict resolution, mediation, group problem-solving and restorative conferencing. We know this model can also be of use in other environments where staff care for vulnerable people, including in secure settings.Indeed we can support staff work more effectively in any workplace setting where day-to-day relationships with colleagues and clients matter.
Here is what schools we have been supporting have reported:
- At Ormesby School in Middlesborough, in its 5th year of using a whole school restorative approach, exclusions are down, attendance is up, the number of students finding themselves in trouble with the police is reduced, and exam results have improved. The school would attribute these changes in large measure to their restorative practice.
- In Barnet in primary schools where restorative practice is used, evidence a few years ago showed a 50% reduction in exclusions whereas in all other Barnet schools over the same time fixed-term exclusion had risen by 50%.
- Staff can benefit from improved relationships and interactions too. In Monmouth Comprehensive School not only have exclusions dropped to their lowest in the school’s history, but staff absenteeism due to stress has dropped significantly.
We are signatories to the Restorative Justice Council's Code of Practice for Trainers and thus to National Occupational Standards. Our training courses can be tailored to meet the needs of schools, care homes, youth offending services, and all other agencies supporting children and families.
Enjoy visiting our site to find out more.