I am noticing more expressions of doubt about the efficacy of Restorative Practices (RPs).
The implications are that we may need to communicate better with our 'constituents':
- RPs are not a panacea - it is not always the only answer to the immediate problem
- We don't use RPs as an either/or strategy - it is an important (but not the only) part of what we do to repair relationships and the harm done when things go wrong between people.
- RPs are not just a form of high support - done properly they exert a high level of control and are also challenging to all concerned (ref. The Social Discipline Window)
- RPs are not done TO or FOR 'offenders'.
- Restorative Practices need to be done professionally - critics often see RPs as an amateurish activity, and perhaps that is what they have seen.