Hull Centre for Restorative Practice would like to thank everyone who contributed to and attended our recent conference, especially the children of class 6KF of Thoresby Primary School who delivered a fabulous Keynote and the young people of Carr Manor Community School for their exceptional workshop.


Restorative City of Culture 2017

World Conference, Hull, UK

Creating a Restorative Community Across the Globe

Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th  November 2017

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

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.

This conference draws together leaders and practitioners from across the world, successful in implementing, building and maintaining a Restorative Community.


With a variety of speakers from different fields, this connects and gives an opportunity to learn about best practice and engage in meaningful interaction through discussion to take these ideas forward.


We welcome participants from all sectors and pledge not to favour or profit / benefit from one source or organisation.


The conference is arranged as flexibly as possible; delegates can book a single day or both days.  Full details of the workshop schedule and speakers will appear on the HCRP website and are listed overleaf.


If you have any queries about transport, accommodation or the conference in general that are not answered here or on the website, please call the HCRP office on +44 (0)1482 375635 for help.


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


Download the conference flyer/booking form here: Booking Form


Key Note Speakers

Day One – Tuesday 14th November 2017


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Andy Couldrick

Chief Executive, Birmingham Children’s Trust, UK

Andy has recently been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Trust.

He was previously Chief Executive at Wokingham Borough Council, in Berkshire, in 2011. He went to Wokingham as Director of Children’s Services two year earlier, when the Council was subject to Government intervention following serious failures in its Children’s services. Improvement was rapid and sustained, and attracted acknowledgement and praise from the Minister at the time. Since he became CE, Andy has learned lots about waste collection and disposal, about large scale housing development and about town centre regeneration, all hot topics in the borough!


Andy has spoken nationally and further afield about developing restorative, collaborative approaches to work with children and families, and about the opportunities for practitioners to do things differently. He has sought to adopt these principles into his wider leadership approach, within the Council, with partners and with residents.


Andy will talk about what he has learned about leadership, different styles and approaches, when it works and when it doesn’t. He has worked with many skilled and inspiring people, and has harvested what he can! He has no magic formulas or secret weapons, just some experiences, some stories and some scars.


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Jennifer Lewellyn

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

Jennifer Llewellyn 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 and Canadian constitutional law.  She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach across human services 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. She is currently Director of the International Learning Community on a Restorative Approach.


Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally.  For example, she has been an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project, the HASA Network developing a restorative approach to senior safety; the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Jamaican government, and the United Nations. She is currently the Scholar in Residence with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.


She facilitated the design process for Canada’s first restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and was appointed as an advisor to the process.  She previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse.  She has worked with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently supporting work in the United States aimed at developing a truth and reconciliation process for racial violence.


She was invited to present her work at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw Poland in 2014 and was awarded the Ron Wiebe National Award for Restorative Justice from Correction Services Canada in 2015 and will be one of the International Experts appointed to advise on the renewal of the UN Basic Principles on Restorative Justice at the Experts Mechanism this month in Ottawa, Canada.


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Melissa Milner

Headteacher, Thoresby Primary School

Executive Headteacher, Hull Collaborative Academy Trust (HCAT)

Melissa has been the Headteacher at Thoresby Primary School for the last five years. Being a firm believer in quality CPD for all staff, she took a keen interest in training events for her own staff and beyond. Melissa has mentored new Heads to the city and is an NCSL “Professional Partner”. Melissa has been trained as a lead assessor of Urban Leadership, a national programme that identifies the specific qualities required by leaders of inner city schools.


In the last year Melissa has taken charge of the city wide NQT training. The yearlong programme has been revised to take into account the changing national climate and the individual needs of the cohort.


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Key Note Speakers

Day Two – Wednesday 15th November 2017


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Bob Costello

Assistant Commissioner for Organizational Development, New York City Department of Probation

Bob Costello is Assistant Commissioner for Organizational Development for the New York City Department of Probation (DOP). He is responsible for overseeing the professional development of the 1000 employees of the Department and assuring the use of evidence-based practices to supervise offenders with a particular focus on identifying and addressing criminogenic risks/needs.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient services and alternative education. He has brought restorative practices training to professionals across the United States and the world in education, law enforcement and criminal justice, counseling and social work, business and other areas.

He is the co-author of The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators and Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning.


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Sal Tariq

Deputy Director, Children’s Services, Leeds City Council, UK

Saleem (Sal) Tariq is the Deputy Director of Children’s Services in Leeds. Sal worked in a number of children’s and adult’s care homes before qualifying as a social worker in 1994.  Since then he has worked as a social worker and manager at all levels of the social work service in Leeds, beginning his current post in 2016.

Sal is committed to making Leeds the best place to practice social work in the UK and has led the service through significant change from a poorly performing service in 2009 to a well performing, nationally recognised service from 2015 onwards.  Restorative practices have been at the heart of this work, including a leadership development programme for all managers, a restorative social work programme for all social work teams, and investment in evidence-based restorative offers such as Family Group Conferences.  Sal is passionate about using restorative and relational approaches to give families a greater say in how to resolve their difficulties.

Sal leads on sector-led improvement work for Leeds, which involves both sharing best practice and offering bespoke support to individual local authorities.  Sal is committed to sharing with national and international colleagues the lessons from the Leeds improvement journey, and exploring how restorative and relational approaches can support whole systems change.

In his own words: ‘Our success in recent years has been underpinned by our commitment to restorative practice.  I am working to further embed this across the whole journey of the child, ensuring that whenever children, young people and families come into contact with services and need support, they receive a seamless, restorative offer from the right service at the right time.’








Mr James Grant

Plant Director, Ardagh Glass, Doncaster, UK

Lyndsey Morley

HR Advisor, DS Smith Packaging, Featherstone, UK

Biographies to follow


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Download the Conference Itinerary below:

Day One – Conference Itinerary

Day Two – Conference Itinerary

Workshop 1 – Day One

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Paul Carlile Restorative Principles: Being a leader who exercises leadership effectively and naturally

Overview – An opportunity to participate in a practical workshop exploring how Restorative Principles are informing the current thinking, language and practice of leaders in the locality – Create the optimal conditions to grow and develop people in the service of each other, and the communities they serve.  The session will include developments created with leaders from Hull Collaborative Academy Trust Schools along with leaders across North East Lincolnshire Council.


Paul Carlile – Director, Carlile Education and Ofsted Inspector and Regional School Improvement Advisor for DfE

 Paul has over 30 years’ experience in education. A former Headteacher in Hull, OFSTED Inspector and Regional School Improvement Advisor for the DfE, Paul is currently known in the UK, and overseas, for his contributions to school improvement, and specifically for his leadership and trainer’s role in the Restorative Practice initiatives in Hull, Milton Keynes and Leeds. Paul continues to develop his work in partnership with schools and leaders who seek innovative school improvement solutions, but expect practicality, relevance and significant impact.

Workshop 1 – Day Two

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Students from Carr Manor Community School Students as Restorative Leaders


Workshop 2 – Day One & Workshop 6 – Day Two

Day One – Nigel Richardson & Steve Kay, Director of Prevention & Early Help, North East Lincolnshire Council

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Day Two – Nigel Richardson & Rachael Wardell, Director of Children & Adult Services, West Berkshire Council

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What happens when relational approaches spread system wide – stories from North and South

These two workshops will look at the techniques used and lessons learned from the ‘whole systems’ implementation of relational/restorative approaches which helped bring about improved outcomes for children and families together with the internal transformation of large and complex welfare organisations. Lessons from Leeds and North East Lincolnshire Council on Day One and Leeds and West Berkshire Council on Day Two.’


Nigel has over 35 years experience of working in various local government leadership roles in the UK.  His most recent position was as Director of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council where he helped develop the idea of Leeds as a ‘Child Friendly City’. He now works as a freelance consultant helping organisations develop effective approaches to child welfare issues. Nigel has advised on national policy and practice developments in England and Wales as well as internationally. He has also shared his experiences and presented the learning from his work to audiences around the world. Nigel worked with Lord Laming on the landmark ‘Victoria Climbie Inquiry’ and was awarded a CBE in the Queens New Years Honours 2017 for his work with children and families. Nigel is married with four sons aged 21-28 and became a proud grandfather for the first time in 2014 !


Steve Kay is Director of Prevention and Early Help for North East Lincolnshire Council and is a Governor at Thoresby Primary School who have just received an Ofsted rating of Good built on the lessons from Hull and Leeds.


Rachael Wardell is Director of Children and Adult Services for West Berkshire Council.  Rachael has a great story to tell of moving children’s services from inadequate to good in just under 2 years again based on the learning from Hull and Leeds.

Workshop 2 – Day Two

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Staff and Management of Ardagh Glass and DS Packaging  – The use of Restorative Practice in the work environment

A strategic account of implementing restorative practices in a 24/7 shift manufacturing environment. James will explain how he encountered RP and what it was about the culture and environment at Ardagh Glass in Doncaster that he wanted to change by using it. He will go on to explain how they have gone about making the implementation and what differences it has made to them, including their business outcomes.

Lyndsey Morley will cover the different prevailing circumstances at DS Smith’s Featherstone factory, and why they have taken RP on, along with the support and learning they have gained from working with Ardagh and drawing upon their experience. They will both speak about how RP has now extended into their relationship as supplier and customer (DS Smith supply Ardagh with card products) and how it is helping them bring focus, improve service and increase quality.


To follow

Workshop 3 – Day One and Day Two

Yvon McCauley, Tri-County Restorative Justice, Nova Scotia – Community Justice Agency and the Restorative Approach in Schools


Yvon McCauley is the Director of the Tri-County Restorative Justice Society, located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  In collaboration with referral sources, government, and community partnerships, the Agency provides individualized, forward-focused processes addressing youth accountability, victim voice and community needs.  This work is done broadly within the community under the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program.  As a community partner with the Department of Justice, he meets regularly with other Restorative Justice Directors to workshop, evaluate and share knowledge on Restorative Justice.  Over his career, he has been involved in testing new and proactive ways to implement a restorative approach to contribute to crime prevention.  Bringing Restorative Justice to Schools and Healing Approaches to Senior Abuse are successful examples of community collaboration creating a reduced impact on the overburdened criminal justice system.  Most recently, Yvon attended the Advanced Training Course in Victim-Offender Mediation addressing Serious Crime which is part of the Restorative Opportunities Program of the Corrections Services of Canada.  Yvon identifies his increasing interest in working collaboratively across all sectors as an exciting opportunity to work through conflict, build relationships and help create healthier and safer communities.

Workshop 4 – Day One and Day Two

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Richard Derible & Glen Thompson, Nova Scotia – Part of the Landscape: How a Restorative Approach Learning Network in Nova Scotia is embedding a Restorative Approach in Nova Scotia Communities through Schools, Workplaces and other Institutions

Nova Scotia has a long history of supporting a Restorative Approach but for much of it history the approach has been mostly associated with the youth justice system.  Over the last number of years, a Restorative Approach is being adopted by a growing number of schools, organizations, community groups and institutions in an effort to improve the lives of Nova Scotians more generally.


The growth of interest in and the ongoing adoption of a Restorative Approach in Nova Scotia has been facilitated by Learning Teams based in public schools, school boards, universities, workplaces and community-based agencies.  Local Learning teams connect through a Provincial Restorative Approach Learning Network that facilitates capacity building, practice development, sharing opportunities and learning exchanges, leading to the embedding of a Restorative Approach in the Province.


In Nova Scotia, the Restorative Approach Learning Network is supporting a different model for learning about a Restorative Approach, especially in schools. Elements of the Provincial Learning Network include a model restorative classroom and cohorts of schools that learn about and implement a Restorative Approach together through regular opportunities to meet and share.  The Learning Network has moved schools away from traditional train the trainer models of adopting a Restorative Approach, relying instead on an implementation model that is flexible and responsive, and able to adapt and change over time as required.


Glenn Thompson, Cumberland County School Board

Glenn Thompson has been a high school English teacher for 19 years. For the past 11 years, Glenn has been using a restorative approach in his classroom to build community, establish relationships and facilitate the curriculum. Glenn’s classroom was established as a demonstration classroom for restorative approach and used as a model for teachers to visit and learn. Most recently, Glenn has taken on the role as School Climate and Relational Approach Consultant for Chignecto Central Regional School Board. In this role, Glenn works with all divisions of his school board (human resources, operations, education services, finance and the governing board) in furthering the implementation and sustainability of restorative approaches at all levels of the system. Glenn has been invited to speak at numerous conferences on restorative approach in the education system.


Workshop 5 – Day One and Day Two

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Claire Birkenshaw – ‘Nurturing belonging cultures to support young trans and non-binary people.’

  • Societal context for young trans and non-binary people
  • Evolving gender landscape and language
  • Experience of young trans people in education – statistics and sound bites
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Section 149 Equality Act 2010
  • Case studies
  • Intersectioning Maslow, Section 149 Equality Act 2010 and restorative practice to destigmatise, address isolation and marginalisation of young trans and non-binary people in order to nurture a culture of belonging


Claire began her secondary school teaching in 1991 after graduating from Hull University with a degree in geography and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has taught in a number of secondary schools across the city of Hull during her 26-year teaching career culminating in the role of principal at an Alternative Provision Academy.  As such she has gained significant experience in the multiple facets of different learning communities whether academic or pastoral of which she has been an integral part of various senior leadership teams for 14 years. Since 2005 she has mainly focused on the pastoral strand that threads through school life and have led on behaviour, safeguarding and inclusion strategies in challenging circumstances to good effect.


In September 2015, Claire began her transition and is recognised by the Times Education Supplement (18th November, 2016) as the first known head teacher (principal) in the UK to transition in post. Currently, she has chosen to take a sabbatical from working exclusively in one school community to pursue other projects namely that of improving the school experience of young trans and non-binary people across the UK. Claire recognizes that she holds a relatively unique position within society, as there are visibly very few trans teachers and even fewer trans school leaders. Claire hopes that through her visibility and experience of transition coupled with her knowledge and links across the education community that she will be able to help make that difference for our young trans and non-binary people.


Claire is a member of an Advisory Panel for the charity Minds Ahead and the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, a CEOP Ambassador for the National Crime Agency and part of an education network LGBTEd.


Finally, Claire is also a contributor to the forthcoming Channel 4 Documentary ‘Transmission’ which is due to be broadcast late 2018/early 2019 over 4 weeks in a prime time slot. The documentary series is a 2- year longitudinal study of transgender people which tracks the physical, social and emotional aspects of transition. The production team at RDF Television believe that this documentary will be the most detailed and comprehensive study of transition in the world when it is aired.

Workshop 6 – Day One

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Katie Horne, Charlotte Thompson, Sophie Rainey & Harriet McSherry (Collingwood Primary School) – Implementing Restorative Practice in the Classroom – A New Teachers Perspective

Workshop 7 – Day One and Day Two

Kevin Reade, Division Commander, Halifax Regional Fire Service, Nova Scotia & Jennifer Llewellyn – A Restorative Approach at Work – More than putting out fires.  The Restorative journey at Halifax Fire and Emergency Service

In response to a long standing human rights complaint about systemic racism in Halifax Fire and Emergency Service brought by the Halifax Association of Black Firefighters the Fire Service embarked upon a journey to take a restorative approach to change the workplace culture and climate.  The Fire Service resolved the human rights claim through a restorative process and in the process discovered the power and potential of a restorative approach not only to respond to problems and conflicts but to build an inclusive and healthy workplace.  This workshop will share the restorative journey at Halifax Fire – where it began, where they are now and where it is going in the future.  The workshop will invite participants to consider the successes, challenges and opportunities of a restorative approach to changing climate and culture in the workplace.



Kevin Reade, Division Commander, Halifax Fire Service

Kevin is in his 28th year with the Halifax Regional Fire Service at the rank of Division Commander. He became a diversity educator after attending the National Multicultural Institute in Washington. In h

is native Halifax, he designed and delivered dynamic cultural awareness training sessions. In addition to education and firefighting, Kevin is the lead of the RJ team, responsible for implementing a restorative approach within the fire service. A compassionate and charismatic leader, Kevin bravely piloted one of the biggest workplace human rights case in Canada, regarding systemic racism and discrimination in the Halifax Fire Department. Led by the document the Struggle for Acceptance, this action was resolved through a restorative process prompting union, management, and the Halifax Association of Black Firefighters to co-operatively accept directives promoting a respectful workplace.

Kevin currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and three beautiful children. A consummate athlete, he has championed the role of sport in children’s lives through many volunteer sports activities. He received the mayor’s volunteer award for outstanding contribution to youth sport in his community.


Workshop 8 – Day One and Day Two

Bob Costello RP the New York Way – The use of RP to combat racial inequality

Workshop 9 – Day One

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Gale Burford – Restorative & Responsive Cities in the Changing Human Service Landscape:
Keeping Interpersonal Violence at the Forefront of Safety, Accountability, Empowerment and Healing1


Gale Burford, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont, USA

Gale Burford is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Restorative Justice, Vermont Law School. Gale has held full-time appointments in Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and the University of Vermont, and visiting appointments at the University of Stirling in Scotland, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and most recently the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) Australia National University, College of Asia & the Pacific. Prior to taking up a university teaching appointment in 1981, Gale had experience in public and non-government service as a foster and group home parent, caseworker and social work practitioner, trainer, and supervisor, manager and senior administrator in services for children, young people and their families. He has had the good fortune to be closely connected through training, evaluation and consulting with a number of international projects and programs that employ partnership approaches to their work particularly in the use of a restorative approach with child protection and interpersonal violence and youth justice.

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Workshop 9 – Day Two

Sharon Inglis – Restorative Practice in Children’s Services

Overview – The growth of restorative approaches in children’s services over the past 20 years has been steady if slow, hampered by austerity and the need to focus on “statutory interventions”.  However, several recent Ofsted inspections have reported good outcomes where restorative approaches have been implemented, recognising that real change needs to take place at an organizational level.


Through the experience of working with organizations who have embraced RP this workshop will explore:


  • The importance of leadership at all layers of the organization
  • “Training” won’t change anything
  • The impact of RP thinking on social work practice
  • The ensuing experience of children and their families



Sharon Inglis, Director, Circles Training & Consultancy Limited

Sharon is Director of Circles Training and Consultancy Limited and for the past 25 years has worked around the UK and internationally developing restorative approaches to working with families, communities and organizations.  She is passionate about the positive changes that can be made by examining our relationships.


Workshop 10 – Day One

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Sam Bullen – Implementing and sustaining restorative practices at Wansbeck Primary School

This workshop will explore the journey taken by Wansbeck Primary to establish an ethos and culture in the school in which the community take responsibility for their own actions and work with each other to promote change.  It will consider the development of the vision and values this has had so far.  It will further consider how this is sustained over time.

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