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Cultivating Hope for Brighter Futures: Restorative Engagement in a Divided Community – Dublin

Wheatley, Emma and Mooney, Karen (2017) Cultivating Hope for Brighter Futures: Restorative Engagement in a Divided Community – Dublin. In: IIRP Europe Conference, "Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge", 9th-10th May 2017, Citywest Hotel, Citywest, Dublin. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The North East Inner City Brighter Futures Initiative aims to empower children and young people in North Inner City Dublin to become actively involved in the decisions that affect their lives and their communities. This participatory action research project shows that by enabling restorative engagements – in a divided, often radicalised, inner city community – mutually respectful and collaborative relationships are cultivated.

Through the use of multimedia and visual aids we will present information on the key findings of the initiative, including:

- Improving self-efficacy, self-esteem and sense of community.
- Educating and nurturing children, young people and adults in the use of restorative practices – to become reflective, critical citizens with an equal voice.
- Supporting after school and youth services in the delivery of positive, high-quality, learning environments, through the provision of professional development in restorative practices alongside supportive peer learning networks.
- Working restoratively to facilitate a series of community circles focusing on key local issues.
- Producing a collaborative report based on a commitment to building relationships and a hopeful future.

Through their involvement, participants developed positive attitudes, dispositions and skills that will support them as they strive for their future life goals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Early childhood education
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 17:01
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 17:01
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2549

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