Restorative Conferencing

This mode is most often used within the Criminal Justice System, although it is also used to deal with serious incidents in schools, care homes and communities.

The meetings consist of a facilitator, the victim (person harmed), the offender (person causing harm), and supporters of the two parties (usually family members). Professionals (such as social workers) and representatives of the wider community may also be involved.

Conferences follow a clear structure, with some facilitators choosing to follow a 'script' of set questions. Conferences conclude by forming an outcome agreement, or contract for the offender (person causing harm).
Refreshments follow.