Breaking the Cycle

Resource 3 – Restorative Practices

When incidents of bullying or harassment occur within Scouting we must address the issues. Scouts Australia can reduce bullying significantly by building resilient youth through our leadership programs. Where incidents do occur all members must know how to mend relationships and continue as part of the Scouting community.

Getting along with people is about good relationships. Restorative Practices assist youth and leaders to rebuild and restore relationships if and when things go wrong.

Our Scout Promise and Law teach us that we follow and live by a Code at all times. Here is a simple process to follow when things go wrong.

Ask four simple questions

  • What happened?
  • Who was hurt?
  • How does everyone feel?
  • How can we fix it?

The aim of this process is to STOP the practice, listen to the individuals and restore the relationships. Avoid using the words Victim or Bully. Focus on the behaviour not the persons and finish on a positive note.

Too often we are busy and do not get to follow up on the “What happened?” question. Make time to sit and have a conversation with anyone involved in

order to show your understanding. Teach your youth leaders (Crew Leaders, Unit Leaders, Patrol Leaders and Sixers) to chat with their peers and conduct restorative conversations.

Older Scouts who face more complex issues will require greater depth of discussion. Restoration is about meeting face to face and restoring what was harmed. The outcome is that everyone is respectful of one another. This means we have broken the cycle of bullying in this instance.

Treat the behaviour not the person. This information is addressed further in the Alannah and Madeline Foundation website material and link to Bullying Hurts brochure at btc.scouts.com.au in Resources.