Today, as awareness that punishments such as detention and suspension can aggravate behavior issues, more schools are successfully using restorative practices to prevent problems like bullying and violence.
Restorative practices promote belonging, relationship building and problem solving through such methods as peacemaking circles and community conferences. These processes bring victims of bullying, their offenders, family and school community members together to address the wrongdoing. Instead of simply being removed from school, the bully is encouraged to reflect on and take responsibility for his or her actions.
Together, all participants develop a plan to repair the harm or abuse. This process restores a sense of community in schools by allowing the victim to be heard and the bully to make amends.