Where we started

HCRP was established as a result of work undertaken at Collingwood Primary School, Hull.  Collingwood was inspected by Ofsted in 2002/2003 and was placed in special measures.  Estelle Macdonald was appointed as the new Headteacher who transformed the school to outstanding within 24 months.  Collingwood is still led by Estelle and has maintained its outstanding status ever since.  Ofsted cited the use of the practice within the school as being key to the transformation, and encouraged the Head to find a way to make it explicit and trainable. A search led to Restorative Practice being identified as a solution to this- encapsulating and augmenting what was being done in a way which could be taught to staff and children alike.  As a result of the success of Collingwood, many schools have now adopted the process.  The process and implementation of restorative practice within schools is constantly developing.

Following the success of Collingwood and other schools, the Local Authority, the Chief Executive of Hull City Council and the then Director of Children & Young People’s Services, Nigel Richardson, saw the benefits of restorative practice and initiated the dissemination of RP across the city, setting a challenge for Hull to become the first Restorative City in the world.

RP has also had an impact on inter-agency working where services, organisations, children, young people and families all use the same language, principles and methodology.  Services have seen significant impacts and improvement during the last 5 years including:



  • Saving of £3.5m by reducing entrants to the Youth Justice System
  • Cutting custodial sentencing by 23%
  • Reduced re-offending to 13% (vs national average of 27%)
  • 4454 cases (94%) of all YP’s referred to Challenge and Support completed Restorative Practice
  • Neighbourhood Network ‘harnessing the energy of people passionate about their communities but who in the past would not have been involved in community safety’
  • Significant reduction in ASB
  • Creation of first restorative custody suite




  • 80% reduction in exclusions
  • 65% reduction in staff absence in one secondary
  • OFSTED reports identify strong leadership in RP schools
  • Reduced formal complaints in RP schools
  • Improved engagement with families
  • Conflict resolution (reduction in formal disciplinaries)


Social Care


Improved outcomes in children’s homes including:


  • Reduced call outs to police
  • Reduction in offending behaviour in residential establishments
  • Improved communication between staff and families


Improved outcomes in fostering and adoption:


  • Reduction in breakdown of placements
  • More cohesive working with ILAC Team




  • A fundamental delivery for working with the Not Known/NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) population and also long term unemployed (18-24) delivered by Catzero is based upon restorative processes


  • Over 3 years, Catzero has engaged with 400 young people, 70% sustainable conversion to EET (Education, Employment or Training)


Through the work undertaken with different agencies, HCRP has established good partnership working which has led to further evolution of Restorative Processes and Practice. This evolution has enabled many of the organisations HCRP has worked with to self-sustain the use of the process and be at a level where they can train and further modify restorative practice to suit their developing needs and change in circumstances due to financial and staffing pressures.


HCRP has a relatively straight forward process of working, we aim to sell our knowledge, training and expertise at competitive rates outside the city of Hull to enable us to further train and maintain the practice already becoming established in the city of Hull in order to fulfil the aim of becoming the first Restorative City in the World.


HCRP has a small core team of expertise and is able to draw upon the knowledge of professionals that have worked with HCRP in developing restorative practice within their organisations.


HCRP offers bespoke packages to meet individual and organisational needs and has a flexible approach in the way services are delivered. HCRP has learnt over the years that one process does not fit all and organisations need to embrace restorative practice and principles, understand how they work and how they can be used within their service to obtain the best results.


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