Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice, Restorative Approaches

We live increasingly in a society where crime, violence, abuse and gangs are common headlines, in both rural and urban communities. Ethics and values of support and nurture have been replaced, too often, by a cycle of neglect and hopelessness; where fragmented and fragile families struggle to survive. Young people grow up frustrated and resentful, devoid of critical life skills to help them develop successful lives. Their basic needs unmet, they seek belonging in gang culture and/or personal material gain. Their mantra becomes ‘What’s in it for me?’

For Khulisa, this picture is not new. In South Africa, violence, instability and fragmentation have been common place for decades. Drawing on the science of systems thinking and the ancient philosophical concept of Ubuntu, we hope to bring simplicity to complex social problems. Both science and philosophy realize the critical truth of interconnectedness and interdependency that underlies the survival of our social structures. The African concept of Ubuntuis a survival strategy developed from adverse social and geographic circumstances in which people had to cooperate to survive; their mantra being “I am because you are”.  Ubuntu seeks to strike the balance between the individual and the group in pursuit of a shared vision.

Working with like-minded restorative partners, Khulisa offers a number of restorative approaches, under-pinned by trauma-informed practice, that provide a systemic model of community restoration, be this in a school, prison, courtroom or neighbourhood.  We can provide a range of tools and techniques (our own and those of other community experts) to build sustainability, social justice and knowledge transfer.

An example of our thinking and models focuses on critical community touch-points and honours the unsung local heroes who can sustain the much needed shift in emphasis from ‘me’ to ‘us’ in local communities.

Whether harm needs restoring in a school, community or prison, Khulisa can help identify what it looks like ‘when it’s fixed’ and how each part of the system (civic, statutory, private, community asset or individual) shifts and aligns to take responsibility for their part in the process and journey to success.


Here’s the link to the video interview Lisa Rowles did with the Restorative Forum,

If you would like to discuss this more, please contact Lisa Rowles, Design & Development Director, on