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What is the Community Conference?
This is the process that is used in Restorative Justice to facilitate a dialogue by all the people affected by an offending incident. It can be a short dialogue between two people, or it can be a longer dialogue between all those who have been directly and indirectly affected by the incident.
For a short or long conference to be effective the following must be in place;
- A willingness to take part by all parties. Nobody must be forced or coerced into taking part.
- There needs to be an admission that harm has been caused.
- All participants in the conference should be prepared before hand and procedure explained.
- Preferably based on a single incident, but sometimes that is not always appropriate.