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    Extension of Early Bird Rates: Newcastle as a Restorative City Symposium

    Early Bird Rates Extended Until 16 April 2018!

    Early Bird Rates Extended Until 16 April 2018!

    This symposium is your chance to hear from leading academics and professionals working in the restorative practices (and restorative justice) who will share their experiences, knowledge and skills on how to build a better community and promoting social cohesion.

    We have secured new lead speakers to present at the symposium. These lead speakers draw from their extensive experience working in implementing restorative practices (both nationally and internationally).

    Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships

    Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED

    Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships: Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED

    Katy Hutchison became a Restorative Justice advocate following the murder of her first husband. After ten years of sharing her story internationally to over five hundred schools and community groups, she views the education system as the structure with the most potential to affect positive social change. Katy sits on the Boards of Restorative Practices International & Glenlyon Norfolk School and volunteers for Leave Out Violence (LOVE).

    What is a Restorative City?

    Restorative City

    "A restorative city involves restoring damaged relationships and managing social and community challenges through restorative practices and approaches across all aspects of the city.

    Members of the community are encouraged to work together to restore relationships damaged by conflicts and anti-social behaviours arising in the health, justice, education and community sectors.

    This approach ultimately creates a more harmonious, safe and cohesive city.

    A Journey to Restorative Cities in Canberra and Newcastle

    Years ago, Ned Iceton came upon Terry O’Connell on an ABC presentation of Australian Story and learnt of his journey of discovery of how to use restorative practice to bring about cultural change and healing in the community. Terry was a serving police officer at the time and searching for alternatives to the law and order response that unfortunately still exists today. Ned decided to explore these concepts further and to encourage members of the network to work with him to look for opportunities to bring about this cultural change wherever they could. With Ned’s encouragement I was able to support this cultural change in Canberra where I was an MLA in the ACT Legislative Assembly for almost 12 years. The journey of discovery and change had already commenced with the RISE project out of the ANU involving the AFP. Ned provided seeding funds to further support other restorative initiatives in education. Meanwhile the ACT Legislative Assembly passed legislation to gradually introduce diversionary program, adult circle sentencing for indigenous adults, and indigenous guidance officers to assist young people to access restorative conferencing. Finally, opportunities for offenders and those harmed to be able to choose to resolve matters and seek healing through restorative practice at the level of most serious offending.