About Us

 

About Magistra Limited

Magistra Limited is a social business that employs restorative practice principles in working successfully with local, national and international organisations across public, private and third sectors, to help them achieve their objectives. ‘Magistra’ is the Latin word for ‘teacher’ or ‘coach’ however our approach to working with clients and advocating service user involvement in service design ensures that clients are able to apply learning and concepts to their own situations, to become the ‘architect’ of their own progress, rather than being a ‘passive receiver’ of information from us as consultants and trainers.

 

“The fundamental premise in Restorative Practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things WITH them, rather than to them or for them”

[Wachtel, 2005]

 

Restorative Practice can be used anywhere to prevent conflict, build relationships, and repair harm by enabling people to communicate effectively and positively. Restorative Practice is increasingly being used in schools, children’s services, workplaces, hospitals, communities and the criminal justice system.

Restorative Practice supports people to recognise that all of their activities affect others and that people are responsible for their choices and actions and can be held accountable for them. It enables people to reflect on how they interact with each other and consider how best to prevent harm and conflict.

Magistra Ltd is an approved provider with the Restorative Justice Council (RJC). The RJC’s Principles of Restorative Practice provide the ethical framework for all of the work undertaken by Magistra Ltd.

 

Principles of Restorative Practice

The RJC has identified six principles of restorative practice as the core values that should be held by all practitioners in the field.  These are:

  • Restoration
  • Voluntarism
  • Neutrality
  • Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Respect

 

Practitioner Guidance on the Principles

The RJC requires that these principles should be applied in the course of all restorative practice work.  As such practitioners working with Magistra Ltd will have familiarised themselves with each of the concepts and how they might apply them in their day to day work as follows:

  1. Restoration – practitioners should aim to ensure that restorative interventions they carry out are aimed at repairing harm that has been caused. An opportunity for addressing issues participants wish to raise in relation to the harm should be given.
  2. Voluntarism – it is imperative that participants come to a restorative intervention of their own free will, having understood the reasons for and methodology of, the process. It is the duty of the practitioner to ensure that everyone taking part understands why they are there and their responsibilities in relation to the process.
  3. Neutrality – practitioners are human beings and in many cases may not be neutral to the harm that has been caused. However it is important that such biases are not permitted to affect the neutrality of the restorative process, which should not be conducted in such a way as disadvantages or discriminates against any one participant or party.
  4. Safety – practitioners should aim to ensure that processes are safe by undertaking full and proper preparation in relation to each intervention they provide. Risk assessments are paramount whether conducted ‘on the spot’ (as may be required in the case of ‘street’ or ‘corridor’ restorative interventions) or via the use of detailed risk assessment spreadsheets. Practitioners should be appropriately trained.
  5. Accessibility – one of the cornerstones of the RJC’s vision is that the offer of a restorative process is available to anyone who has experienced harm or conflict with the consent of all parties and where it is safe to do so. Practitioners must be mindful of any inherent biases that could affect their ability to offer a neutral restorative process to any person on the basis of their particular status or background – for example, their race, gender, offending history, disability, socio-economic or political background.
  6. Respect – restorative processes must be conducted in a manner which is respectful to those taking part. If the process, or anyone involved in it, is disrespectful to those taking part, the chances of a successful or positive outcome are significantly reduced. One of the many skills required of a practitioner is the ability to conduct an often highly emotional process in a neutral and measured fashion, and respect is key to delivering restorative interventions in this way.