How the self-assessment tool works

The restorative approaches self-assessment tool is suitable for people who have had training in restorative approaches, or any other model that is underpinned by the restorative values.

Other models might include (amongst others):

  • Family group conferencing
  • Mediation
  • Social emotional aspects of learning
  • Promoting alternative thinking strategies
  • Signs of safety

You will be asked to self-assess against four standards:

  • Shared values
  • Leadership and staff
  • Skills, knowledge and training
  • Strategies and systems

These standards provide a framework to ensure that the use of restorative approaches is embedded throughout the business of the team or organisation, in an effective and sustainable way.

With shared values at the core of the framework, the standards allow organisations to move towards a whole organisation ethos and commitment to restorative approaches.

How to complete the self-assessment

There is a checklist of five statements for each of the four standards.

For each of the statements that you can fulfil, you are required to provide evidence to support how you achieve it.

Each statement asks for you to decide how well you achieve it, choosing between:

  • Not at all - you achieve this less than 25% of the time
  • Partially - you achieve it 25-50% of the time
  • Mostly - you achieve it 50-75% of the time
  • Fully - you achieve it more than 75% of the time 

When you complete the self-assessment, you will be given a unique password. Any evidence that you provide will be kept confidential. Apart from the administrators of the self-assessment, no-one will be able to see your assessment.

What happens next

Once you have completed the assessment tool, you need to create a development plan and to identify the evaluation criteria that you will use to evidence the impact of restorative approaches by your team.