To celebrate thirteen of our students successfully completing their Restorative Justice facilitator training, BCHS held a graduation ceremony on Friday 15th July 2016.
We had a number of honoured guests attend including the Mayor of Blackburn, Linda Clegg the Director of Children’s Services, the Chair of Governors, and councillors from Blackburn with Darwen.
The graduates were awarded with a certificate each from PC David Pascoe from the Early Action Team of Lancashire Police, who along with Joyce Carne from Youth Justice Service had trained the students to resolve conflict and disagreements amongst their peers.
Restorative Justice is a process in which a perpetrator and the person affected by their actions are able to sit in a controlled environment to discuss the incident which has caused upset or disagreement. It explores ways to resolve issues, by seeing things from each other’s perspective in order to bring about a resolution in which both parties feel supported and listened to. It will be used in school to address certain behaviours.
Ms Rathore, Pastoral Manager for Year 9 said “The students have really worked hard at their training, which involved listening skills, role play and acting out scenarios. They are now fully trained and we have rolled out the Restorative Justice system within school since Easter. We are proud to be the only school in Blackburn with Darwen who is using Restorative Justice and we are happy to support other schools if they wish to develop this in their schools too.”