A Restorative Circle (RC) is a community process designed to hold space for those in conflict. It brings together the three parties in a conflict – those who acted, those directly impacted, and the wider community – within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and facilitated by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit and nurture the inherent integrity of all those involved in the conflict.
Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages, and are designed to identify the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. As Circles form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding, self-responsibility and effective action within the community.
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