Glasgow City Council hosted a four-day Restorative Approaches National Conference in Glasgow City Chambers between 16th and 19th February 2015. We were delighted to welcome Marg Thorsborne, a leading expert from Australia in the area of Restorative Approaches, to present over the four days. She was a key figure in delivering the Restorative message through Keynote and Workshop presentations to both education and wider community agencies.
In addition, there were many other Keynote and Workshop presenters from a wide range of local and national establishments and community organisations, who delivered excellent and informative sessions and prompted high quality discussions amongst delegates.
Each of the four days focused on a particular context in which Restorative Approaches can be put into practice:
Day 1 took the form of a National Education Conference and this was attended by
Education professionals and Educational Psychologists from across Scotland. This
conference provided a general overview of Restorative Approaches and how they have
been successfully implemented within a range of educational settings.
Day 2 took the form of a National Community Conference, and the focus was on
how Restorative Approaches can make an impact in the wider community for children,
young people and their families. This conference was attended by Social Workers,
Community Police, Youth Justice Workers, Residential Children’s Unit staff, Voluntary
Sector workers and Education and Health professionals with an interest in how
Restorative Approaches can be used in the wider community.
Day 3 was targeted specifically at Glasgow City Council Educational
Establishment Staff who were already on their Restorative journey and were
committed to taking this approach forward. The focus was on how establishments
can build on their existing Restorative Practices, and included local and national
examples of Restorative journeys within various educational settings.
Day 4 was targeted specifically at Glasgow City Council Educational Psychologists
to provide a Whole-Service overview of Restorative Approaches in order that they
could then help to support Glasgow establishments in their implementation of this.
All information, including presentations from each of the four days is available on the right-hand side.
Following this event, the first City-Wide Restorative Approaches Network Group took place on Wednesday 20th May at Battlefield Primary for Glasgow Education Staff keen to take forward this approach in their establishments. The next Network Group meeting will be in September at Highpark Primary. Date is still to be confiirmed.