The aim in Hull (UK) is to become the world’s first Restorative City.

The challenges that lie ahead, in achieving this bold ambition, are significant. However, we believe that this aim is the best and most effective way for us to work together with the children, families and communities in our city. Restorative Practices (RP) forms a central part of the way in which we provide services to children and young people in Hull and RP is an essential delivery concept of the Children and Young Peoples Plan.

Hull is home to 57,000 children and young people growing up in a multi cultural, densely populated and fast changing urban area. The city has high levels of unemployment, crime, poverty and need. Consequently, statutory, voluntary and private organisations in the city have committed themselves to doing something different to improve the lives of children and young people here. We are using Restorative Practices (RP) as a shared way of working to ensure everyone uses the same ethos, delivering services in an open, respectful and mutually accountable way set within a Restorative Framework.

This restorative framework requires us to work with children, families and the community and provides the `glue’ that binds together agencies in a common approach and language. Aiming to create consistency across all services.

Restorative Practices have been developing in Hull for a number of years and we now want to achieve a more comprehensive implementation across all agencies in the city. Children’s & Young People’s Services are committed to creating Hull as the `Family friendly city where no child is left behind’. To that end, services use a framework of outcome-based accountability for practitioners to deliver services to children.


As a result of this accountability children in Hull can expect to:


  •  Be Safe
  •  Be Healthy
  •  Enjoy themselves
  •  Achieve
  •  Make a Positive Contribution
  •  Achieve Economic Well being

We are committed to involving children in key decisions that affect their lives. This requires that we listen to children and young people and effectively involve them in any decision that is important to them or their family, school or community.

The adults working with children, young people and families must be committed to adopting behaviours that build restorative and constructive relationships to produce better sustainable and positive outcomes. To achieve this everyone working with children needs to be explicit and accountable about the way we do business. The principles of RP should also be the basis of our organisational and professional practice in Hull to help develop the organisations in which we work.


Key Principles

Restorative Practice is underpinned by values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and mutual accountability.
Restorative Practice has main goals are:


  •  Building and repairing relationships to work in ways that are respectful and engaging, enabling participants to develop understanding and empathy and the impact of their behaviour both positive and negative. Additionally to work in ways that enable participants to put right relationships when harm has been caused.
  •  Empowerment of individuals, groups and communities. Restorative Practices aims to support these groups to build confidence and control over their own lives. RP tries to meet the needs of community through strategies that build relationships and empower families, schools and communities to take responsibility for the well being of its members.
  •  Mutual Accountability Restorative Practice provides opportunities for wrongdoers to be accountable to those they have harmed, and enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible.
  •  Cultural Sensitivity Restorative Practices is culturally sensitive enabling participants to conduct processes and meeting in line with their own traditions and culture
  •  Shared responsibility the approach builds on the knowledge, skills and resources in both formal helping agencies and services and informal family and community network to work together; sharing responsibility knowledge, skills and resources for the wellbeing and of children and young people.
  •  Outcome and Solution Focused – Restorative Practice aims to focus on outcomes and solutions using the results for children as the basis for all action. The work is solution focused, concerned primarily with using the knowledge and strengths of participants to find solutions and get good outcomes for children. This will increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying causes and enable people to build on strengths.

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