Restorative and Responsive Human Services

1st Edition

Gale Burford, John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite

Routledge
March 12, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 346 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367026165 - CAT# K404970

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Summary

While both restorative justice and responsive regulation represent vibrant traditions of scholarship and practice, they continue to travel on mainly separate tracks and tend to be understood as matters best suited to criminal justice. The hard questions remain about when, how, with whom, and in what context to punish and to persuade and how best to offer these processes for their healing potential to victims and relationships. They hold in common the view that punishment, when it is seen as excessive, unfairly administered, or is seen as a bluff, typically fails in its goals and often provokes reactivity or loss of trust in the system of regulation. At the same time, the work continues to be mainly understood as having value in the areas of criminal justice practice. Restorative and Responsive Human Services advances the understanding of restorative justice and responsive regulation—achievements, evidence, and trajectories—with a particular focus on the ways their theories and applications serve as a bridge between disciplines and between formal and informal human services.

Human services such as child protection, education, and aged care are at their core relational practices. They are the craft of the healing hand, the helping hand, and empowerment. This might distinguish them from other fields like criminal law, business regulation, and peace enforcement. In Restorative and Responsive Human Services, Burford, Braithwaite, and Braithwaite bring together material showing that other fields can learn rich lessons from human services about the importance of being relational, healing, and empowering—in other words, through restorative practices. Restorative justice cannot solve everything. It must be strategically integrated with a range of other strategies that enable restorative justice and learning as options of first choice. This requires integration of restorative justice with responsive regulation, a practice that this book shows how to do for challenges that range from sexual misconduct in universities to securing welfare rights and righting the wrongs of Jim Crow laws.

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