Annual International Conference

HCRP would like to thank all those who delivered Keynote Speeches and Workshops and all those who attended our recent event in Hull.  Your input over the two day event was invaluable and made the event a huge success.


The International Learning Community – Restorative Practice

Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st October 2015

at the Mercure Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF

(please note change of venue)


HCRP holds an annual international conference.  This provides a fantastic opportunity for HCRP and partner organisations, locally and internationally, to come together to share good practice, lessons learned and outcomes achieved.


This is invaluable when establishing networks in relation to specific issues, challenges and good practice.


The conference will be a two day event and will involve key influential figures from the field of Restorative Practice.

This year our conference is about putting children, young people, families and communities at the heart of the work we all do.


We have invited along some of the worlds leading experts, thinkers, leaders and practitioners to contribute to this two day conference which will challenge your thinking and practice.


The conference is aimed at delegates from the police, education, social care, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, healthcare and youth justice services to name but a few.


Details of workshops will be available on this page as they become available and participants will be able to choose which they wish to attend on the day.


Availability is limited to book your place now by completing the booking form (link below).



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Key Note Speakers

 Day One – Tuesday 20th October 2015

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Paul NixonPaul Nixon, Chief Social Worker, Child, Youth and Family, New Zealand

Paul Nixon is Chief Social Worker for Child, Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand. Paul is originally from the UK and has worked for more than 25 years in Child Welfare, Protection and Youth Justice services’, always in a statutory setting.
Paul was inspired by practice and innovations from New Zealand, particularly Family Group Conferences, Restorative Justice and Whanau / Kinship Care. Previously Paul was Assistant Director (Social Care) for North Yorkshire County Council and he also worked as Strategic Lead for Restorative Practices for Hull City Council.  Paul has written a number of books on social work, empowerment and work with children and families, and written numerous articles and chapters. He has provided consultancy, research and evaluation and training on work with children and families around the world.


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SFlowers2Simon Flowers, Principal, Carr Manor Community School, Leeds, UK

Over the last 15 years, Simon has served as a secondary Headteacher in three inner city schools in Leeds and Wakefield.  He became Headteacher of Carr Manor Community School in April 2005, a school working with some of the most deprived and diverse communities of Leeds.

Over recent years, Simon has been involved in building strong and effective partnerships with local services and has been involved in shaping the cluster approach to locality working in Leeds.  More recently, Simon has taken up the post of Executive Principal across Carr Manor Community School and Wetherby High School.

Simon has been seconded to Leeds Local Authority throughout the last 4 years working with colleagues to help integrate education and other services into the children’s services directorate and representing the secondary sector.  Part of this role has been to support the development of the Leeds strategy for Restorative Practices.

The focus of the implementation plan is initially on building understanding and capacity within the children’s services workforce in order to build a strong community and encourage high levels of challenge and support.


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Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, Great Manchester Police, UK

Garry has extensive experience of policing across a range of challenges – he was the architect of City Centre Safe tackling alcohol related crime in Manchester, a key commander during the 2002 Commonwealth games, was instrumental in designing the policing response to the riots in 2011 and recently led the expansion of Hate Crime to include crimes against those belonging to Alternative Sub-Cultures.  Garry’s expertise lies in the design and implementation of Neighbourhood Policing systems and consistently looks to how the relationship between communities and policing can be improved.  Garry’s current work includes the development of a Community Based Asset approach to policing and stronger use of engagement as an effective tool.

Garry was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Cheshire Police in 2005 but returned to Greater Manchester Police in 2009 where he holds the portfolio of Territorial Policing, Neighbourhoods, Confidence and Equality.  Garry is also the National Police Lead for Restorative Justice, Stalking and Harassment and Student Crime.  Garry has overseen a huge expansion of the use of Restorative Use to give victims a stronger say within the Criminal Justice System whilst seeking to reduce re-offending.  Garry is committed to improving the response of the police service to the threats from stalking behaviour and promotes greater awareness and better understanding of risk.

Garry has recently been awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service. The award recognises Garry’s work within GMP, Cheshire and his national work on Neighbourhood Policing, Stalking and especially Restorative Justice.


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Day Two – Wednesday 21st October 2015

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NRichardsonNigel Richardson, Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Leeds City Council, UK

Nigel Richardson joined Leeds as director of children’s services at the end of September 2010.  Over the following years he has led the service through a period of significant improvement, putting children and young people at the heart of the city’s growth strategy.   Leeds’ 2015 Ofsted report highlighted ‘outstanding’ ‘inspirational’ and ‘confident’ leadership and significantly improved outcomes for children, young people and families. Before joining Leeds, Nigel was director for children’s services in Hull where he helped the city pursue its position as the world’s first Restorative City.

Nigel’s career in public service began over 30 years ago working with young offenders. Since then he has held a wide variety of roles across a number of social care and local government settings. He has also held a range of key leadership roles including director of social services and director of social and housing service.

Nigel has advised on national policy and practice development in England and Wales as well as internationally.  He spent 18 months working with Lord Laming on the Victoria Climbie inquiry.

Over a number of years and throughout his different leadership and advisory roles, Nigel has been consistent in applying three key approaches to his work: putting the child at the heart of everything we do; working restoratively with families, doing things with them, not to them or for them and practically applying Mark Friedman’s outcomes based accountability methodology to test what difference is actually being made to families and ensure a relentless focus on improving outcomes.

Nigel is married with four sons aged 18–25 who keep him on his toes, he became a proud grandfather for the first time in 2014!  In his current leadership role he has set out his ambition for Leeds to become a Child Friendly City to make a positive difference to the lives of over 180,000 children and young people.



LlewellynJennifer Llewellyn, Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jennifer is the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law.

She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach in both transitional contexts and established democracies.  Professor Llewellyn was the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA) a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice with particular attention to the example of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program.

Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally including: the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project, the HASA Network developing a restorative approach to senior safety and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

She recently facilitated the design process for a restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse.

She co-edited two books in the area: Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (UBC Press) and Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press).


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GBurfordGale Burford, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Vermont, USA

Gale is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont since June, 2014. Gale completed studies at University of Stirling, University of Washington, and St. Martin’s University. His 46 year career in social work includes experience as a foster and group home parent, a social work practitioner, supervisor, manager and senior administrator in services for children, young people and their families, and as university-based educator, researcher, and academic and program administrator.

Gale has had the good fortune to carry out work and develop lasting ties with valued colleagues in several international venues. He has written on engagement with families involved with child welfare and youth justice particularly when child abuse and domestic violence have been involved. Although officially retired, Gale’s current activities include finalizing a multi-year study of one US state’s efforts to infuse participatory practices in its child welfare and youth justice services, supporting the development of the International Learning Community on restorative governance initiated by colleagues at Dalhousie University, serving on the Leeds evaluation advisory, and serving as reviewer for a wide range of professional journals including serving on the editorial board of the Transactional Analysis Journal.

Gale is a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cuzzie in a large family. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his spouse Kathy.


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The two day conference will include workshops by practitioners from across the UK and abroad, ensuring the latest practice and experience across all sectors is available to delegates.


The workshop programme is under development and will continue to develop until just prior to the conference.  Details of workshops will be available here, as they become available, so confirmed workshops below:


Innovations in Health Care 

The “CHCP Way” and the Beginnings of Restorative Practice

The workshop will explore how a local health care social enterprise, City Health Care Partnership CIC, has started to implement restorative practice across the organisation. Approximately two years ago the organisation made a commitment to adopt an approach to restorative practice as a way of enhancing team dynamics and working relations – we call this the “CHCP way”.  Both frontline and administrative staff have been trained as “RP champions” and restorative practice techniques are being utilised.

In this workshop we will explore some of the successes and challenges in implementing restorative practice in City Health Care Partnership CIC, “the CHCP way”

Facilitated – Jane Wilson


Network Leadership

RANK Foundation

Social change has only been possible through contributions and dedication of many people and organisations connected in tight and loose groups. By embracing a new way of thinking and working rooted in shared understanding and engagement, funders can effectively use the power of networks to grow their own impact as well as that of their grantees. Network Leadership can help break the stubborn and complex cycles that limit people and places. The synergy between people, groups and sectors is more impactive  than the funding offered.

In this workshop we will explore how restorative practices has helped create effective relationships that has led to positive outcomes in Hull and offer our thoughts on the Leadership techniques used and how they might be utilised elsewhere.

Facilitators – Dave Rawding and Roxanne Wood


 Supporting Schools to Deliver Restorative Approaches – Lessons Learnt


Peacemakers trains children and adults in schools in emotional intelligence skills to resolve conflicts creatively, and to build healthy and peaceful school communities. Since 2011 we have worked intensively with seven primary schools to deliver a ‘Whole School Approach’. The programme develops the ethos, values, skills and processes to build, maintain and repair relationships and build a more peaceful school community that helps teaching and learning. Having had the opportunity to work with each schools for between one and two years, we would like to share with delegates the journey we have been on with these schools. Peacemakes will show the impact of the of the programme to date and examine how we worked within the seen and unseen systems that make up a school’s culture. This is a project rich in experience, stories and learning. We look forward to sharing our highs and lows from this work  in the hope people can continue to learn from us and others and share practice.

Facilitators – Anna Gregory and Sara Hagel


Bucking the trend – Reducing the need for children to become looked after and reducing the need for children to be subject to child protection plans.  Restorative social work and leadership in Leeds City Council.

Leeds Children’s Social Work Service

In the last three years the number of children looked after in Leeds has reduced by 15% and the number of children subject to a child protection plan by 52%. These changes are as a result of changing practice and have been endorsed by Ofsted who rated Leeds City Council as Good in all categories apart from leadership and management which was rated Outstanding.

Saleem Tariq is the Chief Officer for the Children’s Social Work Service in Leeds and in this workshop he will talk about how social work in Leeds has been transformed using restorative practice and family based decision making to achieve better outcomes for children.

Facilitator – Saleem Tariq (Chief Officer)


Utilising RP in a Youth Justice Setting – Building on the RSQM

Leeds Youth Offending Service

The workshop will outline the experience of Leeds YOS, it’s experience in delivering traditional RJ services & how restorative principles & practices have been extended beyond resolving conflict during  the journey  to achieve the RJC  Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM)  in 2013 & building practice since the award.

Facilitator – John Clark (Prevention & Restorative Justice Co-ordinator) and PC Bob Bowman 


Working Towards a Restorative City: The Leeds Family Valued Programme

Leeds Children’s Services

This seminar will explore how Leeds Children’s Services are spreading restorative practice training across the city using Government Innovation Fund money. It will set out the background to the Innovation Fund bid and what we are doing in our quest to make Leeds a restorative city,  including  working with colleagues in the third sector. We will also be discussing how we can use restorative practices in HR processes and in customer relations work – and our ambition to help our waste management service to become restorative!

Facilitator – Andy Lloyd (Head of Children’s Workforce Development)


Restorative Principles, Practice and academic peer assessment. Can one work with the other?

“The only thing that matters about feedback is what the recipient does with it. And that, in turn, depends on the relationship between student and teacher”  – Dylan William April 2015

Referring to and building on previous workshops including Circles for Learning and Celebrating Success through the use of Restorative Questioning, this workshop will examine how restorative principles could help us to achieve effective peer assessment through a mixture of practical demonstrations, reflection and a sprinkling of references to clever people.

Facilitator – Phil McCormick

Whole School Implementation

This is a workshop designed for school leaders who have the capacity to review, implement and monitor whole school restorative practices. The workshop will provide an opportunity for discussion, action planning and prioritising key areas for school development.

Facilitator – Louise Clarkson and Jane Harris


Can Domestic Violence and Abuse be Addressed Safely Using a Restorative Approach? 

Circles Training and Consultancy Ltd

Women’s Aid strongly opposes introducing restorative justice into domestic violence cases and strongly recommends that government and the national Restorative Justice Strategy clearly reiterates this.

Consultation response: Response to Restorative Justice 13.10.03

Historically, restorative practices have been deemed unsafe to use in situations of domestic violence.  However, a number of groups across the world have been using restorative approaches with families where domestic violence and abuse is an issue with measurable success.  This workshop will explore the use of family group conferences and a range of other restorative approaches when working with families and how creating restorative relationships with community partners is an important first step in keeping everyone safe.

Facilitator – Sharon Inglis


Leaders: Creating the conditions for success

In addition to clarity of purpose, effective leaders have an ability to build and maintain a respectful and collaborative professional relationship climate – the optimum conditions for success: Connecting the right people with the right conversations to create dialogue and learning – resulting in new and better ways to face facts, no matter how challenging.

1. Explore communication patterns, rooted in Restorative Principles, to help organise the thinking, language and practice of your leadership – creating the conditions where success as a leader may not be guaranteed, but can be significantly enhanced.

2. Identify communication patterns that support or undermine the development of respectful and collaborative systems.

Share learning and current and ongoing work with leaders in schools, children’s services and local authorities.

Facilitator – Paul Carlile


Changing Organizations One Circle at a Time

Circles Training and Consultancy Ltd

A unique investment and commitment to Restorative Practicesis having a transformational impact on culture and professional practice across both the social work service and the Childrens Partnership.

Ousted Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers – Leeds City Council – March 2015

In their bid to become a Child Friendly City Leeds City Council Children’s Services have transformed their relationships with the families that they serve, their partners and each other.  This workshop will explore the journey of  transformation from the initial vision to some “outstanding”outcomes for families and staff alike and will consider some of the simple steps taken that have had the most impact.

Facilitator – Sharon Inglis

Restorative Practice in action at our school by Year 6

Collingwood Primary School

Children from Collingwood talk about and demonstrate the impact of RP on their school life. There will also be a demonstration of circles and affective statements.

Facilitator – Muriel Garner


Restorative Practice for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Overview to be confirmed

Facilitator – Anna Howard


Collaborative Challenge – The Foundation of all Improvement

For years competition has served as the driving force for improvement in commerce and industry, constantly pushing businesses, individuals and teams to find better ways and better products to avoid falling behind and going out of business. There have even been attempts to apply this market force to education and healthcare.

But there are problems; completion is intrinsically wasteful- inferior business models and implementations, just like inferior species, die out, being out-evolved by competitors. This costs money, jobs and livelihoods, and in the case of education or healthcare, the consequences for the customers of failing organisations can be dire and life-changing.

Restorative practice provides a way of installing a culture of Collaborative Challenge within any organisation. Collaborative challenge drives improvement positively, harnessing all the talent and ideas available to enable people to do the best jobs they are capable of, and give the best possible outcomes for customers, staff and stakeholders. It requires a shift of understanding in terms of what motivates staff, and the way in which the individuals involved relate to each other. Done correctly it will transform a workplace.

 Come and find out about what you need to harness this new approach in your organisation. You may never look back!

Facilitator – John Macdonald

Our Restorative Practice Journey at Carr Manor Community School

‘The embedding of RP principles at Carr Manor Community School’, led by pupils and staff.

The session will include an insight into how RP has been successfully implemented in the school over the last 4 years.  It will also include information about our bespoke coaching programme; circle activities and Q & A sessions on ways in which pupils can support with the RP process.

We will share with colleagues how RP has affected the school climate and the impact on key performance indicators such as attendance and exclusions etc.  Finally, the session will include a DVD produced by the school, which includes testimonials from staff/pupils regarding how RP has helped the school environment and community.

Facilitated by – Sarah Holdsworth – Senior Assistant Principal – Carr Manor Community School, Dean Alexis – Senior Assistant Principal – Carr Manor Community School and pupils



1 day       £149 plus VAT

2 days     £275 plus VAT


Prices above do not include VAT, VAT will be chargeable at 20%

(1 day – £178.80 inc VAT, 2 days – £330.00 inc VAT)




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