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(UK) "Restorative justice" to reduce the high number of kids being expelled from school

Dec 29, 2017, (UK) Guardian: Restorative justice in UK schools 'could help reduce exclusions' https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/dec/29/restorative-justice-uk-schools-help-reduce-exclusions Campaigners are urging the government to support the introduction of ‘restorative practice’ which prioritises conflict resolution over punishment in schools following alarm at an increase in the number of pupils being excluded. The Restorative Justice Council (RJC), best known for its work in the criminal justice system bringing offenders face to face with their victims, wants to expand its existing work in schools as a means of reducing the number of exclusions. Almost 6,700 children were permanently excluded from school in 2015-16, the equivalent of 35 children every school day, according to the latest government figures. Expulsion rates have risen every year since 2012-13. … The council is releasing three short films to promote the use of restorative practice in schools. They feature children in primary and secondary schools explaining how restorative justice works and their own contribution as “restorative ambassadors”, helping classmates to resolve conflicts and develop empathy. …