Last week, Deirdre Leask spoke to sixth form students about her work in restorative justice, social work, and conflict mediation. After studying languages and social work at university, she now works with a team of counsellors, social workers, psychologists and law enforcement officers to support the families of struggling young people. Touching on areas like childhood attachment theories, her interactive talk shed light on the different risk factors that can put young people at a greater risk of committing crimes. She also highlighted the impact that restorative justice can have for both victims and perpetrators of hate crimes, by initiating communication and even increasing feelings of empathy. The talk was highly informative and a thought-provoking start to the day.
Lucy, year 13