Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Restorative Practices - Breaking down the silos

Northern Tasmania needs Restorative NorthTas

Sometimes silos can  be useful when they concentrate specialist effort for very specific purposes, e.g. neurosurgery. On the other hand silos can become barriers to collaboration between people who are struggling to meet the challenge of complex dispersed problems.

One of the strong themes associated with Restorative Practices is the breaking down of barriers between stakeholders - Restorative Practices are inclusive.

As these barriers dissolve new, stronger, more positive relationships, practices and arrangements often emerge leading to greater success and well-being for all concerned.

It is often individual staff members in schools and services groups, government agencies... who lead the way in breaking down the silos that exist between their respective organisations. 

They do this by collaborating to improve their support for those who need it most. With luck, senior management will notice the improvements being achieved and incorporate the new practices of their respective organisations.

In this way the silos of education, welfare, health and justice are being broken down so that people in need are receiving more effective support. 

Hopefully Restorative NorthTas will be able to provide useful support to enhance and sustain the important collaboration by those in the field.

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