Accountability Circles provide additional support to fully engage youth in the Restorative Conference process
The Accountability Circle Program engages youth in weekly, facilitated, peer supported group sessions that have a two-fold purpose: 1) to prepare youth for a Restorative Conference and monitor them for Restorative Action Plan completion, and 2) to help youth gain awareness of the impacts of their actions on others, to be accountable and take responsibility for making amends when they cause harm to others. In Circle, youth engage in authentic dialogue and gain skill in building and maintaining healthy relationships; conflict and self-management; showing empathy and compassion; taking responsibility and being accountable; developing respect for self and others; and, making apologies and amends when needed. Circles develop a culture of peer support and accountability, where program milestones are marked by rituals that reinforce progress and help keep youth engaged.
The Accountability Circle Program is most appropriate for youth where there are impacts to victims, family, and community and where the wrongdoer takes, or is learning to take, responsibility for their actions and feels, or is learning to feel, remorse. Also appropriate are individuals who have caused impacts and harm and need help and support to repair relationships.