Restorative Practice Conference 2012

Restorative Practice Conference: Barriers and Possibilities

Together with the Social Service Training Institute (SSTI), LCCS organised its second RP conference on 16 and 17 August 2012 at the Furama Riverfront Hotel. About 180 persons attended the conference, including school personnel, government officials and social service practitioners.

We had the honour of Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) to grace the event. We had both international and local experts as keynote speakers for the conference. The international keynote speakers for the conference were Mr. Ted Wachtel, President of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School, Professor Paul Senior, Director for Hallam Centre for Community Justice, UK, and Professor Dennis Wong, Professor for Social Work and Criminology from the City University of Hong Kong. The local keynote speakers were Dr. Patricia Mylan, Principal Programme Officer for Rehabilitation, Protection and Residential Services Division of MCYS, Mr. Martin Chan, School Staff Developer from Ping Yi Secondary School, and Judge Lim Keng Yeow from the Subordinate Courts.

As a follow-up to the inaugural RP conference last year, the 2nd RP conference focused on skills building and application:

“The Restorative Practice Conference organised by SSTI and LCCS equips our social service practitioners who are in direct contact with adults, youth and former offenders with practical and relevant skills and knowledge to apply in their work. They can learn from leading practitioners to identify opportunities to use this evidence-based approach in helping their clients effectively, especially for cases that involve families and child protection matters,” said Ms Belinda Tan, Director of SSTI.