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UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway. Fives, Allyn and Keenaghan, Celia and Canavan, John and Moran, Lisa and Coen, Liam (2013) Evaluation of the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.

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This report presents the key findings of an independent evaluation, undertaken by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway, of the Restorative Practice Programme, part of the Childhood Development Initiative’s (CDI) Community Safety Initiative (CSI). The study comprises (i) a process study evaluation of programme implementation under the headings of programme utilisation, programme organisation and programme fidelity; and (ii) an outcomes study evaluation of programme impact on participants’ work, lives, organisations and family, and also the wider impact on community building and collaborative action.

Restorative Practice
Restorative Practice (RP) is ‘the science of restoring and developing social capital, social discipline, emotional wellbeing and civic participation through participatory learning and decision-making’ (Wachtel, 2005, p. 86). Restorative programmes promote dialogue between wrongdoers and harmed persons.

CDI initiated the RP training programme in Tallaght West, which constitutes the four communities of Brookfield, Fettercairn, Killinarden and Jobstown. Despite many positive developments in the past two decades, the area is highly vulnerable in terms of socio-economic disadvantage. It has a young population, a high rate of public housing, a relatively weak social class profile and a high rate of joblessness (CSO, 2011).

The RP training programme as implemented by CDI had a number of overarching targets to be achieved by the end of 2011, in particular relating to participation of young people, residents and professionals working in Tallaght West in the three levels of RP training: Phase 1, awareness raising; Phase 2, facilitation skills training; and Phase 3, training for trainers.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention
July 2013
80 p.
Childhood Development Initiative
Corporate Creators
UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway
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HRB (Electronic Only)

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