Restorative justice has been an increasing feature in the discourses within adult and youth justice criminal justice systems in recent years. This article examines interpersonal conflicts arising from crime, bullying and antisocial behaviour in residential care, and the advantages and disadvantages of utilising such approaches in relation to these forms of conflict, based upon an evaluation of restorative principles and approaches from the perspectives of young people, residential workers and managers. The article sets out how the staff in the units studied modified restorative justice approaches to take into account the specific relationships within group care settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • behaviour problems
  • bullying
  • children in care
  • youth justice


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