Restoring Community

Improving School Climate Through Restorative Practices

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) SaferSanerSchools™ program provides a comprehensive two-year implementation model that is working with educators to transform school climate in districts across the United States.

Our experienced team of instructors teaches and coaches school administrators, educators, counselors and support staff the fundamentals of program implementation. They will develop skills to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. The program helps adults transform the learning environment by engaging students to be active participants in their school community.

Detroit's Whole-Neighborhood Approach

After years of restorative work in schools and other organizations, including police, human services, court systems, corrections and neighborhood associations, the IIRP is embarking on a project to support an aligned restorative approach across these sectors. The goal is to have a positive impact on children and families throughout the city of Detroit.

Restorative Response to Crime and Wrongdoing

Offenders, victims and their supporters all benefit from the free exchange of emotion that happens in a restorative conference. In fact, more than 90% of victims and offenders experience satisfaction and a sense of fairness.

The Real Justice Conference provides a voluntary, structured process that allows participants to discover their common humanity and move forward.

Engaging and Collaborating with Families

Beginning in New Zealand in 1989 in the youth justice and child welfare systems, Family Group Decision Making (FGDM – sometimes referred to internationally as Family Group Conferencing or FGC) operates according to the premise that the direct involvement of a family group works better to solve a family’s issues than the efforts of professionals alone to solve those issues for people.

Residential Life and Judicial Affairs

College and university administrators will find Building Campus Community a cost-effective way to provide residential advisors and their supervisors with the skills to effectively engage residents, establish authority and uphold expectations, while providing support and giving voice to resident needs and concerns. Judicial affairs and student conduct officers, often working in coordination with residential life departments, may also develop a restorative framework for responding to more serious incidents on campus.