The restorative practice concept has its roots in restorative justice, a new way of looking at criminal justice that focuses on repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than on punishing offenders. Restorative practice seeks to develop good relationships and restore a sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world.
These practices have been applied in justice systems, families, workplaces and neighbourhoods, as well as in schools. The fundamental premise of restorative practice is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with with them, rather than to to them or for for them.
International Institute of Restorative Practices
With the accreditation by International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) established in the late 2010, the Centre for Restorative Practice (CRP) was officially set up in January 2011 with the aim to:
- Repair, restore and strengthen relationships;
- Equip professionals (social workers, counsellors, teachers, volunteers, etc.) to effectively engage conflicts in a restorative alternative;
- Provide a voice for the affected parties.
As an affiliated partner of IIRP, LCCS is a certified agent to provide Restorative Practice (RP) trainings in Singapore.