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Restorative Practice Blog

We are starting this blog documenting the BYCRP  project (BYC to the power of RP). It will cover a wide range of relevant topics, such as: The RP BYC model RP and youth work Implementing RP Sustaining RP RP Training Relationships and inclusivity Partnerships and...

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Improving buy-in and working together restoratively

This piece was compiled following interviews with the staff, informal chats, observations and more formal restorative circles. In our overview of the implementation process, among others, we highlighted one challenge: two years into the implementation, approximately...

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Youth Work and Restorative Practices

BYC is the first Youth Club in Ireland to have such an ambitious plan for RP. If youth workers and youth service are using RP in their daily work (see for examples these testimonies from Cabra for Youth or Clare Youth Service), no other youth organisation has...

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Community of Practices

Community of practices (CoPs) are an important part of the RP implementation process. They prevent teams from falling into one of the mis-implementation traps listed by Evans and Gregory(2020), the “train and hope” approach, where there is no support for the teams...

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Launch of BYC Restorative Practice Strategy

On Friday 26th May, Belvedere Youth Club launched its Restorative Practice Strategy, inviting all the stakeholders engaged in the process since it started in 2019: all the BYC team, funders, supporters, advisers, local representatives and the broader community of...

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Our model

In 2019, BYC secured funding from SMBC Aviation Capital through the Community Foundation for Ireland to facilitate the refurbishment of the building and the creation of a hub for Restorative Practice (RP). An RP committee was set up among board members to look at the...

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Implementation: an overview

Approach A lot of time, thinking and effort was put into designing an implementation strategy for BYC. It was informed by many discussions, as explained in our article about the BYC model. It followed best practices as much as possible - see for example Childhood...

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Francis Aged 17

This was an amazing opportunity and supported my confidence and development within a work environment. My Name is Francis; I am 17 years old, I am a current member of BYC and have been since I was 7 years of age. I live in an apartment beside BYC and found the club as...

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Dean Age 21

My time at Belvedere Youth Club started when I was 14 years of age. Even though BYC is open to young people from the age of 7, I never went to BYC until I was 14 because I attended youth services in Sheriff Street. It wasn’t until secondary school, when some of my...

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John Age 23

I first became a member of the youth club at the age of 15, I joined at the same time as many of my friends. BYC was a safe place for me and my friends to hang out and acted as an escapism from the dangers and reality of growing up in the inner city. Whilst in BYC I...

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