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Community Conferencing

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What is the Community Conference?

This is the process that is used in Restorative Justice to facilitate a dialogue by all the people affected by an offending incident. It can be a short dialogue between two people, or it can be a longer dialogue between all those who have been directly and indirectly affected by the incident.

For a short or long conference to be affective the following must be in place;

  1. A willingness to take part by all parties. Nobody must be forced or coerced into taking part.
  2. There needs to be an admission that harm has been caused.
  3. All participants in the conference should be prepared before hand and procedure explained.
  4. Preferably based on a single incident, but sometimes that is not always appropriate.

 

Dr Valerie Mason-John Aka Queenie
The Bully Doctor