The NED Board has an interest in encouraging and supporting the adoption of Restorative Practices in Australia.
Restorative practices is a social science that integrates developments from a variety of disciplines and fields — including education, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, organizational development and leadership — in order to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and restore relationships.
-- TedWachtel [quoted on wikipedia]
Used with the permission of University of Newcastle
Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim. The NED Board has an interest in encouraging and supporting the adoption of Restorative Justice practices in Australia. The founder of NED, Ned Iceton was instrumental in bringing the value of this work to the attention of the NED community.
The board has asked Mary Porter AM, to continue promoting and advancing knowledge of Restorative Justice in Australia and internationally. Mary has provided an outline of how her own involvement in Restorative Justice came about, and the work she and her husband Ian De Landelles perform under the auspices of the board.
Why is the NED Foundation particularly focusing on restorative practice?
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.