Educational institutions regularly deal with crime, conflicts and other challenging behaviours. Students are victims as well as perpetrators of violence, anti-social behaviour and bullying. To create a safer environment, and assist the perpetrator in reflecting on the impact of their behaviour, Restorative Approaches (RA) are adopted in some educational institutions to attempt to better manage and deal with crime, conflicts and other challenging behaviours
In education, research on RA is predominantly in Primary and Secondary Schools. However, in England, research focus on RA in the Further Education (FE) sector is underdeveloped. Further, there is a lack of literature, research, guidance and support for FE institutions and staff when dealing with crime, conflicts and other challenging behaviours.
RAFE is a unique space which endeavours to bring FE institutions, other interested bodies and individuals together to share good practice and disseminate knowledge on dealing with crime and other challenging behaviours.