Restorative Practice

Restorative practices, which evolved from restorative justice, is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behaviour.  The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

Restorative practices includes the use of informal and formal processes that precede wrongdoing, those that proactively build relationships and a sense of community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing. The field of restorative practices has significant implications for all aspects of society — from families, classrooms, schools and prisons to workplaces, associations, governments, even whole nations — because restorative practices can develop better relationships among these organizations’ constituents and help the overall organization function more effectively.

Here in IBCAT we facilitate a 12 week group for prisoners, post-release and those awaiting court cases.  This group meets weekly on a Friday.  In this group we look at the impact of committing a crime and the impact of this crime on the victim.  Service Users explore how their actions have impacted on family members.  The course consists of videos, role plays, group work and those attending gain a better understanding of their actions and behaviours around criminal activity.  The aim of the course is to reduce or prevent re-offending.

If you would like to find out more about our Restorative Practice Group contact Mark Kane on (01) 4736502 or