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The essence of restorative practice is that human beings are happier, more productive and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. Leeds City Council adopts a Restorative Practice approach throughout its various functions.
Restorative practice has a number of elements; Understanding and embedding fair process, Use of affective language, building communities, resolving conflict and repairing relationships, active listening.

This session will outline the theoretical approach of Restorative Practice and give examples of how this approach works from both children’s services and youth offending perspectives.
There will also be an opportunity to explore how this approach might be incorporated into community initiatives such as Heart.


PC Matthew Guy is a Leeds Youth Crime Prevention Officer with West Yorkshire Police Andy Lloyd is Head of Service, Workforce Development in Leeds Children’s Services. Both have had many years experience of working in a restorative practice framework.

Speakers and discussion exploring society today – every second Thursday of the month in the Claremont room, with discussion continuing afterwards in Assembly Bar + Kitchen.

Suggested donations of £3, but no-one turned away due to lack of funds.