What we do
Restorative Thinking offers a range of services: restorative and relational practice training, consultancy, partnership opportunities, programmes and projects to meet the needs of Commissioners.
Recent Criminal Justice projects include:
- 2020-21: Delivering restorative practice training in HMP setting, with a focus on drawing on restorative practice to support day-to-day relationships and routines; training staff in effective delivery of our ‘Restorative Life Skills’ intervention programme.
- 2019-20: Training Approved Premises staff to draw on restorative practice to strengthen relationships, prevent and manage conflict. Training in effective delivery of our ‘Restorative Life Skills’ programme.
- 2017 – 18: Working with the Families Team at HMP Risley, delivering ‘Parenting without Conflict’ with individuals and groups of offenders. ‘Parenting without Conflict’ is an evidence-based restorative parenting programme, awarded the Department of Health’s CANparent Quality Mark. Details of programme content, structure and outcomes can be found here. The evaluation of this project is available here.
- 2015 – 17: Intervention programme delivery throughout Cumbria to support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s domestic abuse strategy. Restorative Thinking programme facilitators delivered ‘Parenting without Conflict’ and ‘Relationships without Conflict’ with families to prevent an escalation of domestic abuse and/or mutual partner violence. The external evaluation report for this project can be downloaded here.
- 2015 – 16: HMPPS funded programme to rigorously test restorative practice as a means of fostering inclusive residential environments in Approved Premises, a pilot in the Midlands and North East Divisions, including 16 Approved Premises. The external evaluation report is available here.
- 2015: Consultation followed by deep dive training with HMP staff to broaden the use of restorative practice in day to day dealings between staff, staff and residents and between residents. Restorative practice was successfully written into the adjudication process and became part of the prison culture, ‘the way we do things around here’. This, alongside delivery of our restorative intervention programme, generated evidence of a reduction in re-offending post release.
Restorative Thinking’s small, experienced team of restorative trainers/practitioners/coaches/facilitators are keen to consolidate learning from existing projects and to continue to pioneer within the field of restorative and relational practice. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us for further information.