Jacky Tiotto, Chief Executive, Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

The principles and priorities set out in Independent Thinking on Restorative Practice have absolute resonance in the delivery of any people services anywhere in the world - and, what is more, are needed now more than ever, given the impact that the global pandemic has had on the very fabric of our society: our relationships. 

Mark's book carefully sets out the need for us to understand each other through connection in order to strengthen the very relationships that keep us safe and enable us to do our best work. One strong point that I will be talking about with my Cafcass colleagues and within the wider family justice system - including policy makers - is what kind of processes and arrangements we would design if we were focused on strengthening human relationships, repairing damage and removing adversity. For many children and families, this sort of approach would transform their lives and futures. 

In restorative practice, and the thinking associated with it, I always find a new energy in the acknowledgement that people and communities are experts in finding their own solutions. It is such a respectful
approach to working with families especially, and if led with authenticity it really gives children and adults a chance to reach for the futures they want - rather than the one we think they deserve. 

This quote - 'without relatedness, no work can occur' - is at the centre of Mark's writing. Let's now get on and try it. I think good things will happen!

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