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The report on the effectiveness of anti-bullying interventions was conducted September 2008 — November 2010 by the Unit for School and Family Studies, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, with support from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
According to the report, “Restorative approaches provide an effective, flexible range of strategies to prevent and respond to bullying."
Les Davey, CEO of IIRP UK and Vice-Chair of the Restorative Justice Council says, “We owe it to those subject to bullying and harassment to provide an effective and inclusive process which offers a real opportunity to tackle such inappropriate behaviour head on and I firmly believe that a restorative strategy can provide such opportunity.”
Davey also points out, "The research found that restorative practices and approaches (RP/A) provide an effective, flexible range of strategies to prevent and respond to bullying. The report ranked RP/A in the top 2 approaches in both primary and secondary settings for effectively stopping physical, verbal, relational and cyber bullying with an 84% success rate.
"Furthermore, of the 27 approaches schools reported using, they reported restorative practices and approaches as the most effective proactive approach when dealing with bullying and the second most effective reactive strategy. With the majority of schools reporting that they found restorative approaches ‘effective in reducing bullying; economical and easy to use.’"