Promoting Restorative Justice for Children

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This report examines the potential of restorative justice programmes to facilitate conflict resolution and provide appropriate protection to children. This applies to the justice system, whether children are victims, offenders or witnesses, but it also applies in a range of other contexts, including at school, in residential care units, in social welfare settings and in the community.

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Restorative justice models

At the heart of all restorative justice is the goal of restoring the harm caused by an offence rather than punishing the crime. This goal can be achieved by means of a range of practical procedures, and communities organise their restorative justice conferences in different ways in order to meet their specific needs. This chapter sets out some of the principal restorative justice models and explains why they have been adopted as formal conflict resolution mechanisms in State justice systems, and how they operate.

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