Getting Started:

Amstutz, L., & Mullet, J. (2005). The little book of restorative discipline for schools. New York: Skyhorse Publishing

  • A little book that provides stories and practical beginning ideas for responses to student behaviour.

Costello, B. Wachtel, J, Wachtel, T. (2009). The Restorative practices handbook. Bethlehem: IIRP

  • A short book with three practical chapters: Restorative Practices in the Classroom; Restorative Practices and Discipline; Leadership and School Change. Each practical chapter is interspersed with stories of educators experiences.

Hopkins, B. (2004). Just schools: a whole school approach to restorative justice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • A practical handbook that presents a whole school approach to repairing harm using a variety of means including peer mediation, healing circles and conference circles.   Clear, practical guidelines for group sessions as well as examination of issues and ideas relating to practical skill development for seeking a more positive and effective way to deal with conflict in educational settings.

Hopkins, B. (2011). The Restorative Classroom Using Restorative Approaches to Foster Effective Learning. Optimus Education

  • This manual explores relational pedagogy that truly does change school culture. It is packed with ideas for classrooms that include suggestions for curriculum, pedagogy and responses to student behaviour. A key resource.

Lockhart, A., & Zammit, L. (2005). Restorative justice: Transforming society. Toronto:Inclusion Press.

  • A book outlining details for conducting full restorative justice circles with lots of Canadian/Ontario based school and community stories to illustrate the potential    restorative justice holds for developing stronger relationship-based communities.

Pranis, K. (2005). The little book of circle processes: a new/old approach to peacemaking. New York: Skyhorse Publishing

  • A little book that provides practical ideas for using circle processes not just for conflict resolution but for discussions of all kinds.

Pranis, K.; Boyes-Watson, C. (2014). Circle Forward. Minnesota: Living Justice Press

  • A ‘must-have’ resource for implementing restorative justice into schools in a holistic manner.

Riestenberg, N. (2012). Circle in the Square. Minnesota: Living Justice Press.

Wachtel, T. (1999). SaferSanerSchools: Restoring community in a disconnected world.

  • An early introductory article describing restorative justice practices in schools.

Zehr, H. (2002). The little book of restorative justice. New York: Skyhorse Publishing

  • A little book that provides background to the theory and principles of restorative justice.

Next Steps:

Morrison, B. (2007). Restoring safe school communities. Sydney: Federation Press.

  • A comprehensive overview of the field of restorative justice in education. Full of research related literature as well as practical information to help schools move from rule-based to relationship-based cultures.

Morrison, B. (2005). Building safe and healthy school communities: restorative justice and responsive regulation. International Institute for Restorative Practices 6th International Conference.

Morrison, B. (2002). Restorative justice and school violence: Building theory and practice. Restorative Practices E-Forum.

  • An article exploring developments in the building of theory and practice in the area of restorative justice, particularly in terms of addressing school bullying.

Pranis, K., Stuart, B., Wedge, M. (2003). Peacemaking circles: from crime to community. Minnesota: Living Justice Press.

  • A key book in understanding indigenous perspectives of restorative justice and peacemaking circles.

Sullivan, D., & Tifft, L. (2005). Restorative justice: Healing the foundations of our everyday lives. Monsey, NY: Willow Tree.

  • A key publication in understanding rj as coming from a needs-based not an incident based place. A good thorough overview of rj as a philosophy that impacts all of life.

Wolterstorff, N. (2006). Teaching justly for justice. The Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 10:2, 23-37.

  • Though not addressing restorative justice specifically, this article provides significant Biblical foundation for understanding justice as honouring the worth of the other. It answers the question asked regarding why Christians often misunderstand the Biblical concept of justice.

Zehr, H. (2005). Changing lenses: A new focus for crime and justice. Waterloo: Herald Press.

  • The foundational book on restorative justice by a pioneer in the field.

Dig Deeper:

Costello, B., Wachtel, B., Wachtel, T. (2009). Restorative Practices in Schools. Bethlehem, PA: IIRP

  • The following three books are excellent practical resources and can be ordered from Australia or They are worth the effort of obtaining them.

Boyes-Watson, C. (2008). Peacemaking circles and urban youth. Minnesota: Living Justice Press.

Thorsborne, M. & Blood, P. (2013). Implementing restorative practices in schools—a practical guide.London: Jessica Kingsley Press.

  • A current, very helpful manual that gets into the hope and complexity of implementing restorative practices in schools.

Blood, P., & Thorsborne, M. (2006). Overcoming resistance to whole-school uptake of restorative practices. Paper presented at the International Institute of Restorative Practices Conference, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Blood, P., & Thorsborne, M. (2005). The challenge of culture change: Embedding restorative practice in schools. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Confererncing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, Sydney, Australia.