The fundamental concepts that underpin Restorative Practice include an understanding of violation of people and relationships, resultant obligations and liabilities, restorative justice to heal and put things right and seeking to heal and put things right.
At the core of these fundamental concepts are two aspects: the relationship and putting things right.
Restorative Practice is based on an old commonsense understanding of wrongdoing and the underlying need in all of us to be connected. Wrongdoing is therefore damage to the connection, and restorative justice seeks to understand, make amends and put things right.
The healing of the relationship invariably concerns all those connected to or affected by the wrongdoing thus allowing everyone to begin their “journey to belonging.”