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A handful of school resources, addressing harm in schools, restoratively
Restorative Justice and Protective Behaviours: a perfect match
PBs originated in the 1970s in the United States when a school social worker, Peg Flandreau West, responded to a number of pupils who were coming to her for help. In time she observed a pattern; many of these young people had been the victims of abuse - emotional, physical, sexual - and had suffered in silence, sometimes for long periods, before seeking help.
Peg raised her concerns with colleagues, consulted with survivors, professionals, friends, and explored how best to help these young people. This initiative developed into the two Themes and seven Strategies we call the Protective Behaviours Process.
Educating pupils on peace
University of British Columbia Faculty of Education professors are trying to take the "lame" out of educating young students on peace by teaching pre-service teachers a thing or two about bringing it into the classroom.
According to Kim Schonert-Reichly, UBC professor, it's the first in North America to incorporate "Educating the Heart," into the elementary education 12-month program. Basically, the 36 soon-to-be teachers who started last week are learning how to integrate emotional and social development into every type of subject.
"We're showing them how to make it a part of every subject," she said in a phone interview. "For instance in math a teacher could make statistics mean more than just numbers but actually factor in social justice and responsibility."
'Talking stick' helps facilitate restorative justice response to destructive behaviors
Treasures: Victims Voice, Safe Justice and Lemonade
by Dan Van Ness
I just came across several treasures that will be extremely useful to people who have been, who love, or who work with crime victims.
The first is the website of Victims' Voice, a Canadian NGO sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee and whose purpose is "to address the revictimization of victims in the criminal justice system, to create understanding about victims among practitioners who work within the system and to give emotional and informational support directly to victims through victim-centered programs."
The website has a number of resources that can be downloaded. And it contains links to two more sites, also sponsored by Victims' Voice.
California officials fear Jaycee Lee Dugard case may hurt efforts on parole
By Lisa Rea
Horrific as the case of the abduction of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard is it does not warrant the California Legislature giving up its responsibility to take up serious reforms of the prison system in the state.
This case which shocked the nation last week as it detailed Dugard's kidnapping in 1991 and her 18 years of captivity in the backyard of convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido in northern California should tell us a number of things. One, we can be grateful that Jaycee Dugard was found. So many of the crime victims I have worked with in the U.S. have not had that same joyful conclusion to their tragic life story. Thank God Jaycee was found.