What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is a set of principles and values designed to respond to harm in a different way. In simple terms, restorative action asks: “What is it we want to see happen when someone creates harm in our school or our community?” We would answer that question this way: ‘When harm has been committed, there are three groups whose needs must be meaningfully met.
The groups involved include:
- Those who have been harmed
- Those who have caused harm
- The school or community
Students at both ends of the spectrum need to have greater opportunities to be reintegrated back into school and community as healthy, cooperative members of society while doing this in safe environment. A focus on character development includes student engagement and supporting youth empowerment, which includes building a student’s capacity to learn and grow while contributing to a positive school climate and a strong community.
Our Partners in Restorative Justice
The Restorative Justice Program is a partnership between HWDSB, The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington and Area, Hamilton Police Services and Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Learn more about Restorative Justice.