Louise Carrington-Dye is the Restorative Practice Coordinator for Brighter Futures for Children. She supports the restorative practice training and development opportunities available in the Reading area, helping colleagues to implement their training and capture outcomes.
What is restorative practice?
Restorative practice has its roots in community mediation practices and is widely used in tribal elder-led cultures. Restorative practice has also taken off where people trained in formal restorative processes such as the criminal justice system realise that these skills can be combined with their daily work in order to build, maintain and repair relationships. It is not something to be frightened of and it is not a new set of tools; restorative practice is a way of being.
Describe a typical working day for you…
Once the parking has space has been negotiated and the hot desk secured, it’s the first of many coffees before I make contact with colleagues and partner services to inform and promote restorative practice and the training opportunities available.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Getting and keeping people on board – convincing them that restorative practice is a way of working that is here to stay and not just a fad. I also need to communicate the differences between restorative practice and harm-led restorative justice. Restorative justice is based on punitive measures and outcomes. Restorative practice is based on relationships and the building and maintaining of these: in working together with families and colleagues and not ‘doing to or for’ them. I truly believe that restorative working promotes empowerment and joint partnership working.
What’s the best part of your job?
Meeting people and hearing about their passion for their roles and sharing examples of fantastic practice. There is such a wealth of experience and examples of good practice out there and we need to recognise, celebrate and capture this.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background…
I am a mother of five and grandmother of six. I divide my time between the Thames Valley and North Devon. I have an extensive and wide range of experiences with a background in family law, probation, education and social work practice. My specialisms are domestic abuse, resolving family conflict and mediation.
You can find me at the Civic Offices on the first floor and at Community Place on the third floor of Reading Central Library. My mobile number is 0118 937 3770 and my email is Louise.Carrington-Dye@brighterfuturesforchildren.org. Feel free to drop me a line if you would like more information on restorative practices or are interested in becoming a facilitator.