Intervention: Safer Schools Partnership (Restorative Schools)
The Safer Schools Partnership model will be delivered in three schools in Sheffield. The schools serve deprived areas (with significant BME populations) and have high exclusion or poor attendance rates. Local statistics show high levels of crime; the schools have high rates of referrals to Youth Offending Prevention Teams and high numbers of first time entrants to the criminal justice system.
The programme consists of dedicated on-site restorative justice practitioners providing mediation and other interventions to address conflict in and around the school. The aims being to reduce fixed-term exclusions, increase support for young victims and increase community cohesion.
The programme will be delivered through:
- assemblies, leaflets, posters
- weekly workshops for pupils (including feeder schools) to meet the stated outputs
- community-based workshops delivered outside of term time to coincide with peak offending times.
- long-standing interventions both one-to-one and group work delivered to identified young people – six-week victim empathy training
- increasing skills within the school by training staff in restorative approaches to conflict mediations – intensity of intervention variable dependent on the conflict and participants
- daily support for young victims including one to one support, sign posting onto specialist services and online resources.
Delivery organisation: Remedi
Remedi has over 12 years’ experience working with young people involved in or at risk of entering the criminal justice system – as well as young victims, school pupils, parents, families and professional staff.