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Transforming Conflict has been pioneering relational and restorative approaches in school settings and in children's homes since 1994.
We have been supporting staff to develop their listening skills, improve the way they resolve conflicts and address challenging behaviour, amongst each other as well as with young people. We have been helping schools and care homes build safer, kinder, more caring communities and also facilitate face-to-face restorative meetings if and when things do go wrong. Whether using dialogic processes, Circles, mediation or formal RJ conferencing people have been helped by having a clear, replicable framework for their practice based on 5 core beliefs.
We are one of the first training companies in the UK to achieve the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) Quality Approval Mark for our course Restorative Approaches in Youth Settings. The course is generic however, and relevant for other settings. In recent years we have been supporting teams working with vulnerable and troubled families, Community Safety Officers, Prison Officers and Housing staff.
Whether you are wanting to develop your own relational or restorative skills or whether you are looking for support for you and your colleagues to transform your workplace ethos and culture, you have come to the right place.
And for further inspiration have a look at Belinda Hopkins’ new edited book, Restorative Theory in Practice, in which 10 practitioners offer different theoretical explanations for what is happening in a restorative meeting. This book will deepen your understanding and fine-tune your practice. Order now or see our flyer for more details.
We can help you work towards and achieve the Restorative Justice Council Restorative Services Quality Mark (RSQM)
We are proud and thrilled that the first two schools to be awarded this prestigious award are two with whom we have been working, offering consultancy, training and ongoing support, for many years. To find out more about this important award visit: Click Here
Childshill School in Barnet was one of the first primary schools in the borough to send staff along for our five day course for teachers. We ended up training the whole staff and have been back since to offer refresher training for new staff, including the new headteacher. The school featured in our own introductory film and has also made their own about their journey which you can watch on our film page: Click Here
You can learn more about what the award means to staff, students and parents on their website: Click Here
Monmouth Comprehensive School gained the award in July 2014 after 3 years of working hard to train as many staff as possible to integrate restorative principles into teaching and learning as well as into relationship management in the classroom and around the school.
Transforming Conflict’s Director Belinda Hopkins has led all the training at the school and is now training trainers on the staff to carry on this work
The impact of implementing a restorative approach across the school speaks for itself:
- Exclusions are down by 93%, with only 13 days lost last year due to exclusion
- Detentions and merit awards are no longer used as extrinsic behaviour control mechanisms and instead young people are encouraged to develop internal self-regulation
- Beyond the school gates referrals to the Youth Offending Service are down 78% and anti social behaviour attributable to young people in the town is down by 48%
- In the academic year 2013 – 2014 the school had its best ever results at both A level and GCES which it attributes in part to the restorative culture which ensures that the needs of staff and students is attended to and me, and thus has enabled everyone to give of their best.
- Staff absenteeism with a stress-related tag is down by over 60% , which represents a saving of over £60,000 – a testimony to how beneficial the approach can be for staff health and wellbeing.
- Attendance is at its highest ever level – over 94% and rising
Listen to Deputy Head Andy Williams talking about the school in the film on our Film Page: Click Here
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.
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