Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices (RP) are an evidence-based approach that helps develop and sustain strong and happy organisations and communities by actively developing good relationships, preventing the escalation of conflict and handling conflict in a creative and healthy manner. 

CDI has trained over 2,500 adults and 230 children in Restorative Practices, and evaluations have consistently found that participants are readily able to use the approach; that relationships in the workplace improve, and that where conflict occurs, it is resolved more quickly.

For example, the evaluation of the RP Programme in Tallaght found: a reduction by 43% in work place conflicts in organisations that have adopted an RP approach; and 87% of those who had undertaken training reported being more confident in dealing with conflict.

Training of Restorative Practices Trainers 2019

For full details on our Training of RP Trainers courses click here

Getting Started with Restorative Practices

This training course takes place over two mornings a week apart and provides an overview of Restorative Practices along with practical tools for using a restorative approach in your daily life. We are offering Getting Started With Restorative Practices courses on the following dates:

  1. 9.30am — 1pm:  5th & 12th June
  2. 9.30am — 1pm:  4th & 11th September
  3. 9.30am — 1pm:  2nd & 9th October
  4. 9.30am — 1pm: 6th & 13th November
  5. 9.30am — 1pm: 4th & 11th December

 Fee: €135 (Concessions available) to book click here

Restorative Practices Facilitation Skills

This training is open to people who have done our Getting Started With Restorative Practices course or its equivalent and takes place over three days. It provides participants with the tools and confidence to facilitate restorative circles, restorative meetings and restorative conferences. We are offering Restorative Practices Facilitation Skills courses on the following dates:

  1. 9.30am — 5pm: 25th, 26th & 27th September
  2. 9.30am — 5pm: 27th, 28th & 29th November

Fee: €320 (Concessions available) To book click here

CDI’s RP Programme

People who have done CDI’s RP training and are using restorative practices as a way of working report that their work is easier, more enjoyable and more effective. Parents report better relationships with their children, residents report better relationships with their neighbours and young people report increased confidence and better relationships with their teachers, their families, their friends and their peers.

CDI has specific objectives regarding enhancing a sense of personal safety and belonging in the community, alongside improved inter-agency collaboration and connection between service providers and residents in Tallaght West. In 2010, we introduced our Restorative Practices Programme in order to facilitate the progression of these objectives and in particular to support the implementation of our Community Safety Initiative.

With the overall aim of supporting Tallaght West to become a Restorative Community, our RP programme has involved the provision of training to the management and staff of statutory, community and voluntary organisations with responsibility for the well-being of children and also to parents, residents and young people. The RP Programme has also involved the accreditation of 16 locally based RP trainers to develop capacity and sustainability and the development of support networks for sharing learning and developing joint activities to promote the use of RP.

CDI is currently working towards launching Tallaght West as a Restorative Community and we are continuing to deliver training and provide support to organisations working to implement a restorative approach.

Evaluation Report and Policy Brief

Restorative Practice Videos

To view the Restorative Practices Ireland website click here.