Newcastle as a restorative city
Newcastle has pockets of disadvantage in relation to unemployment, income, education, housing, child welfare, and criminal justice. This initiative aims to transform Newcastle into a restorative city by building social cohesion and healthy communities.
Newcastle Law School is initiating this change by working with a growing network of community partners to support the city’s proposed social and cultural transformation.
In the criminal justice system, it is anticipated that there will be less offending, decreased recidivism, increased rehabilitation of offenders, and greater victim and offender satisfaction with the process.
Additionally, members of the community will be provided with skills to effectively build relationships and resolve disputes, which aim to result in greater wellbeing, social coherence, and improved educational and social outcomes. Workplaces and organisations will have improved communication skills, improved productivity, and strengthened relationships.
As a result, Newcastle will become a happier and safer city, where residents can address harm and inappropriate behaviour.
Many cities around the world are implementing restorative practices and frameworks to continue their transformation into a restorative city. These include:
- Canberra Restorative Community
- Hull Centre for Restorative Practice
- Restorative Practices Whanganui
- Community Justice Network of Vermont
- Newcastle as a Restorative City symposium
Additional information can be accessed at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), which also provides educational courses.