South St. Paul restorative justice training

South St. Paul Restorative Justice, in cooperation with the South St. Paul School District, will host a fall Tri-District learning opportunity at the end of September. 

South St. Paul Restorative Justice is working on the issue of bullying in the South St. Paul Schools. There is a citywide training that is offered in the South St. Paul Fall Tri-County Education Bulletin. The training is free, and features Natalie Nelson, a former Dakota County Juvenile probation officer that utilized Restorative Justice principles with her cases along with SSPRJ. The training is offered to South St. Paul school employees, South St. Paul police and fire departments, school parents, and others interested in volunteering at the elementary schools as peace guides during the lunch and recess time. 

Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community. It is an approach to problem solving that is based around three basic concepts that when a wrongdoing occurs, the focus on the harm that has been done to people and relationships, it creates obligations and liabilities and it involved the wrongdoers, the victims and the community in an effort to heal the harm. 

Restorative justice principles and practices can be applied to the resolution and healing of conflict of relationships in the home, workplace or community. This is a two-day training with one day being three hours and day two being two hours long. 

The training is free of charge, and will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 25 and 26, 6 to 9 p.m. at Central Square Community Center, 100 Seven Ave. N. Light refreshments will be served. 

Registration contact is the SSP Community Education Dept. at 651-306-3631. 

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