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Seminar 1

Seminar One, London 4th Feb 2010

Seminar One: Theoretical and conceptual perspectives of RA
The focus of this seminar will be to explore the evidence base and the major theoretical underpinnings of RA in different disciplines nationally and internationally. The over-riding aim will be to explore commonality and divergence. Key contributions will be taken drawn from the fields of education, criminal justice, social policy and social work. The core questions that will be addressed in this seminar are:

  • What is the relationship between retributive and restorative approaches to conflict and justice in different academic disciplines and policy arenas?
  • To what extent can / should RA be voluntary, non-directive and non-judgemental in different settings?
  • How can responses to the first two questions inform developing practice in schools? 

One Birdcage Walk
Arrival, coffee and registration
9.45 Welcome and Introduction by Lawrence Kershen QC
Introductory Remarks from a Cross-Party Panel:
David Burrowes MP
Lord Falconer of Thoroton
David Howarth MP
10.05 “Restorative Justice and Serious Crime”
Demonstration chaired by Sir Charles Pollard, with Will Riley and Peter Woolf
10.30 Brief presentations:
• “12 Evaluations and 3,000 Cases: How RJ Works Better” Professor Lawrence Sherman, Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Cambridge University
• “Restorative Approaches in Schools – improving behaviour & attainment” Dr Helen Holman, Head teacher, Orchard School, Bristol
• “Do restorative approaches in schools work? The evidence” Dr Hilary Cremin, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University
11.00 Walk to the House of Lords
House of Lords
Introduction to the seminar series,
Dr Hilary Cremin
Dr Gillean McCluskey
Dr Edward Sellman

Paper presentation.pdf (20 minute presentation, 40 minute discussion)
Lord Falconer, Former Lord Chief Justice, and government minister
Title: Restorative Justice and Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools

Discussion following Lord Charles Falconer’s Paper

1.00 Lunch
2.00 – 2.50

Paper Presentation.pdf
Judge David Carruthers, Parole Board Judge in New Zealand
Title: 'Utilising restorative justice practices in school disciplinary procedures' the journey from criminal justice to education

Discussion Following Judge David Carruther's Paper

3.00 – 3.50

Paper Presentation.pdf
Dr Brenda Morrison, Simon Fraser University, Canada, Co-Director, Centre for Restorative Justice, School of Criminology
Title: Beyond the Bad Apple: Analytical and Theoretical Perspectives on the development of Restorative Approaches in Schools

Discussion following Brenda Morrison’s Paper

4.00 – 4.50

Paper Presentation.pdf
Dr Hilary Cremin, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Title: RJ into Schools: does it go? Some theoretical and practical considerations

Discussion following Dr Hilary Cremin’s Paper

5.00 Close

Joining information is available as SeminarOneDetails.pdf