Mobilities, Transitions, Transformations
INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION AT THE CROSSROADS

Restorative Actions Across Borders

Restorative Actions Across Borders

Keywords: restorative practices, refugee, safe space interventions, vicarious traumatization

During the last year many professionals felt challenged to find their role and place in tackling the refugee crisis in Europe and they still explore how to effectively respond.
Restorative practitioners from different parts of the world, who were overwhelmed by the existing situation, have started to set up circle group conversations with their colleagues, students, clients or community members. Some of these circles were guided by restorative questions and their aim was to create a safe space to share feelings, concerns, needs, and to plan for short or long term actions. On the other hand we were hoping to develop a community of professionals who can join forces and act together to establish a foundation for restorative responses while providing the practical support needed to diminish the risks of vicarious trauma. The first actions showed that is important to develop “good enough” interventions to express, understand and integrate emotions, experiences and needs of each participants' personal life into an opportunity of personal growth and common learning.
The participants of the workshop will be invited to be part of a circle discussion in which we will reflect upon the experiences gained throughout restorative circle or groups held during professional events or within some camps for refugee. We will discuss the possibilities offered by restorative practices and the challenges faced during interventions, which may help to set up a basic frame necessary to ensure support both for migrants and for professionals or volunteers directly involved.