“Restorative Justice is not new but the new thinking is to develop good relationships and to restore a sense of community in the justice system, families, the workplace and schools.”
This view was shared by Clinical and Educational Psychologist, Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor, one of three panellists who spoke at a panel discussion on ‘Restorative Justice at home and school’. The event was held September 25 by Fr Ian Taylor and the Ministry of Consolation (MOC) of St Charles RC Church, Tunapuna.
Dr Nakhid-Chatoor emphasised how punishment “excludes, humiliates and does not create empathy”. She said, “It works superficially for a time and does not create a connection; it stigmatises and labels” and added that those who are excluded will seek out the company of others who are also excluded from mainstream society. As a consequence, there is a negative subculture within the schools and prisons that continue to perpetuate negative behaviours.