Principles of Membership

As members of RPI, we agree to uphold the basic principles of restorative justice in our work and in our dealings with one another. Restorative Justice Practices are underpinned by a set of values, including but not limited to:

RPI Principles

The fundamental concepts of Restorative Justice include: 

  • Crime, wrongdoing and conflict affect people and relationships, causing harm to those involved. 
  • A restorative approach to problem-solving seeks to find ways to make things right and to heal harm.
  • The community of people affected by what happened (including the person or people responsible) understand the issue and are best placed to participate in any process to repair that harm. 

For this to work:

  • Those responsible need to be willing to acknowledge their role in what happened and take responsibility for the harm done.  
  • Participation is voluntary to ensure efforts to resolve harm are effective and to prevent procedural and human rights abuse. 
  • Facilitators are appropriately skilled and well-prepared. 

We strongly believe there are many ways to resolve harm, taking into account cultural perspectives and different approaches, provided that approach reflects restorative values and aims to achieve restorative outcomes and objectives.

We remain humble in our dealings with the very people who have the most to teach us – the people who have asked for assistance!

As members, we agree to uphold the basic principles of Restorative Justice Practices in our work and in our dealings with one another.  

We acknowledge the cultural roots from which our practice has developed.