Relational and Restorative Practice in Devon

Restorative Practice is a ‘way of being’ where the focus is on building strong, meaningful, trusting and respectful ‘relationships’ and repairing relationships when difficulties or harm arises.

Strong meaningful relationships are formed when we work alongside people. We know that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes to their behaviour when we do things WITH them rather than To them or For them. Working WITH people means providing High Support and High Challenge.

Devon’s vision is to embed restorative practice throughout Childrens Services and within our partner agencies. This will make a positive difference to the lives of Devon’s children to enable them to be happy, safe, feel cared for and to reach their full potential in life.

Restorative Practice provides all staff and partner agencies with a value base, language, behaviours and tools to strengthen relationships with children and families and each other.
Our restorative approach focuses on empowering our children and families to find solutions to their problems and recognises them as experts of their own lives.

For internal DCC Staff please visit our Restorative SharePoint Site

For information regarding training email


A conversation about restorative practice, coaching, behaviour and achievement. With Mark Finnis and Simon Flowers.


What is Restorative Practices? To learn more visit


Every Kid Needs a Champion: Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.




“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will NEVER give up on them….. who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
Rita Pierson


  • Restorative Practice Training Offer

    Click here to see our training courses that support our restorative approach

  • Tools and Guides

    Click here to find a selection of tools that can enable us to practice in a restorative way.
    More of these are available for our staff on our Restorative Practice SharePoint site

  • Reading and Research

    Click here to find a selection of useful videos, research papers and websites.
    More of these are available for our staff on our Restorative Practice SharePoint site

  • The Restorative Approach at Atkinson Secure Children's Home

    Click here to read about how Atkinson has developed significantly in restorative approaches to young people’s care in the last two years.