CDI is thrilled to announce the launch of our Restorative Practices Podcast Series “Circles of Connection: Stories from Ireland about using Restorative Practices to Build Relationships”.

Episode 1: What are Restorative Practices

In this episode, George Best, Restorative Practices Coordinator with the Childhood Development Initiative, introduces our new “Circles of Connection” podcast series and explains all about Restorative Practices.  To listen click here

Episode 2: Restorative Practices in the community

In this episode, Geraldine Conlon, active community leader in Tallaght West, explains how she got started with Restorative Practices and the impact it has on herself and her community. To listen click here

Episode 3: Restorative Practices in Family Services

In this episode, Anne Desmond, Mental Health Support worker at Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre, explains how she is using Restorative Practices in her job and how it has improved her personal and work life. To listen click here

Episode 4: Restorative Practices in Social Care

In this episode, three Social Care Workers from Dublin and Clare, John Nevin, Tracey and Geraldine Walsh, explain how they are using Restorative Practices in their job and how it makes a difference for themselves and the people they are working with. To listen click here

Episode 5: Becoming a Restorative School

In this episode, Anne Marie Moylan, Principal of Scoile Mhuire Naofa primary school in Carrigtwohill, is sharing the journey the school has undertaken to become fully restorative. To listen Click here

Episode 6: Restorative Practices in a Primary School

In this episode, Eithne Sheehan, the Mentor Advisor with RP, Kate O’Riordan a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) and fourteen 6th class students from Scoile Mhuire Naofa in Carrigtwohill explain the impact using Restorative Practices has on their daily life in the school. Click here to listen

Episode 7: Restorative Practices and Youth Work

In this episode, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Assistant Manager, Kim Brown and Tim Noonan, Teachers, at Céim ar Chéim in Limerick, an organisation providing training to young people at risk of offending, explain how they got started with RP in the centre, how they are using RP and the impact it has on their work and life. To listen, click here

Episode 8: Restorative Meetings and Conferences

In this episode, some participants in the previous episodes share the impact that taking part in a formal facilitated Restorative Meeting or Conference had on them. To listen, click here

Episode 9: Restorative Practices in a Democratic School

In this episode, Ciara Brehony a staff member, and students Finn, Ed, Evie and Maya from Wicklow Subdury School, Ireland’s first democratic school, explain the impact the introduction of Restorative Practices had on the school and themselves. To listen, click here

Episode 10: Restorative Practices in school, a teacher’s point of view

In this episode, John Madigan, a primary school teacher,  shares his personal and professional journey with RP, how they are embedded in his teaching practice and what he recommends for schools who are interested in implementing them. To listen click here

Episode 11: A restorative Secondary School – Part One

In this episode, Claire Matthews, Principal of Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School who opened in August 2018 with a restorative ethos and vision, Andrew Moloney, Deputy Principal, Ashling O’Neill, Student Support Assistant, Carol Flynn, Secretary, Charlene Nolan, a 1st year student mother and three 2nd Year Students, Maïssa, Milly and Amy explain how the restorative culture in the school was created and what tools help to maintain it. To listen click here

Episode 12: A Restorative Secondary School – Part Two

In this episode, Claire Matthews, Principal of Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School who opened in August 2018 with a restorative ethos and vision, Andrew Moloney, Deputy Principal, Ashling O’Neill, Student Support Assistant, Carol Flynn, Secretary, Charlene Nolan, a 1st year student mother and three 2nd Year Students, Maïssa, Milly and Amy explain how the school community sees and lives the relationships between all its members and how everyone is supported to be their best self. To listen click here