Relational and Restorative Practice

What does this mean for Newcastle?

Relational and Restorative Practice in Newcastle

This guide describes our approach to working with babies, children and their families. It has been written for everyone that works with children and families in Newcastle, including our partners in schools and education, health, the police, the council, local business and the third sector. This can be accessed here.

What does this mean for my role or organisation?

This approach is not about stopping current effective ways of working, rather it is about how this is done – with a focus on relationships, and working ‘with’ people, not doing ‘to’ or ‘for them. Placing the emphasis on connecting with people first, in order that the processes or polices that have to be followed, can be achieved most effectively, with children, young people and families feeling empowered and in control of positive change.


Training around relational and restorative practice is available to multi-agency practitioners working with children and families in Newcastle, and there is no charge.

For training related to Relational and Restorative Practice and to book a place, please click here

If you would be interested in some bespoke training for your setting/team, or have any queries please contact


The 4 Ways of Being poster can be printed out and used as a desk aid or in the office as a reminder for how restorative practice works. Click on the image for a printable version.

The ONE YEAR ON: LESSONS FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FAMILY VALUE IN NEWCASTLE report captures reflections from managers and practitioners in Newcastle one year into the implementation of Leeds’ Family Valued approach. To read more about the views and lessons mid-way through the implementation click here.


This video discusses relational and restorative practice in Education and how Carr Manor Community School in Leeds uses circles and coaching. Press play to watch and learn more.

A conversation about restorative practice, coaching, behaviour and achievement with Simon Flowers, Headteacher of Carr Manor High School.

This is nearly an hour long, however there are some very useful discussions: 15:48 – 19:52 – an excellent example of how a school has implemented circles into their weekly practice, to enable every leader, teacher and child to be heard and have a voice by 9.30am every Monday!

Three additional videos are available below – just click the button.

Further Reading

Independent Thinking on Restorative Practice: Building relationships, improving behaviour and creating stronger communities by Mark Finnis 

Re-think Formulation

When working with families, services can get into a pattern of assessments and short term interventions that end when there have been improvements. However, families often need help again. Rethink Formulation uses an evidence based model of case formulation to help us organise information and structure our conversations to reach a shared understanding of a family and their presenting issues, from which we can base our plans.   Rethink Formulation can be used by any professional and agency as a way to explore and align what we understand about families and how we talk with them about strengths and presenting issues or concerns.  For more information please see Rethink Formulation Guide and Overview: