Integrating RP and PBIS
Restorative Practices (RP) and School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBIS) overlap and complement each other. And many schools use both approaches in very well integrated ways.
For example, I came across this diagram explaining three levels of intervention as it applies to the use of Restorative Practices in schools
Like well implemented Restorative Practices, PBIS is school-wide and aims to build clarity of expectations, support, relationships and community. It is not just about solving problems. In many schools Restorative Practices are valued as powerful positive interventions and supports.
Three Levels of application
For those involved in School-Wide PBIS, the above diagram will be very familiar!! And adopting Restorative Practices is a natural step forward to make the school's PBIS even more effective. At the same time it is important to remember that Restorative Practices is not a short-cut version of PBIS!
And as in PBIS, it can be useful to think of three levels of application of RP
1. School-wide Prevention Practices can easily incorporate many aspects of RP including
- use of affective statements
- extensive use of circles for a wide range of everyday purposes
- the use of the (Restorative) questions that can generate insight and create possibilities for resolving issues
- more use of (Restorative) circles / meetings focused on existing and/or emerging issues with the students (and others) involved
- restorative conferences
[The above diagram is from Restorative Justice - a working guide for our schools - a sound, easy-to-read guide to implementing what some call "restorative practices" at the school or school district level. For more information simply Google "pbis"]