JLD Restorative Practices was established in 2006 by John Lennox and Les Drelich, two of Tasmania’s most well known, experienced and respected advocates and practitioners of restorative practices. Les retired from the partnership in 2016.

The principal Consultant is:-


john lennox

John is a former Police Officer who has had 30 years experience in community policing, training and conferencing of juvenile offenders. He was an early advocate of conferencing in Tasmania Police and has been largely responsible for training of Authorized Police Officers (pursuant to Youth Justice Act 1997) since 1997. He has also delivered training in restorative practices to all police cadets since 2004. He has presented papers at National and State conferences and attended international conferences. He has contributed to the development of Tasmania Police youth policy and the development of a revised Authorized Officer training course.

In recent years, he has advocated restorative practices in schools and provided personal development courses to teachers and students, TAFE social worker courses and other non-government agencies. The award of two commendations by Tasmania Police has recognized his work in this area.

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What is Restorative Practice?

In the late eighties various countries in the western world started to use what was then referred to as restorative justice to deal with young offenders and delinquents. Police agencies were often the first to promote and use restorative justice as experience showed that the justice system for young offenders was generally time consuming and non productive in terms of out comes. Victims of crime were also dissatisfied.

Since then the use of restorative practices has grown and developed as academics studied and reported on its use, effects and benefits. It is now used in various forms by courts, police, education, corrections, peace making, work places and welfare. One of the most often reported fact is victim satisfaction which is not always because of reparation but because “they were heard”.

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Restorative Practice in Education

Bringing the concept of Restorative Practice to schools


Daily schools and teachers are faced with problems that distract them from their primary goal of teaching. Those problems include,

  • late to class
  • disruptive behaviour
  • failure to complete tasks (in class and home work)
  • students failing to bring required materials to class
  • rudeness, insolence and abusive language to teachers and others
  • fighting
  • bullying and harassment
  • parental complaints following incidents involving their child
  • problems in the staff room as a result of perceived inadequate management responses

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Education Training

Bringing the concept of Restorative Practice to Tasmanian Schools

studentJLD Restorative Practices offers schools the opportunity to explore the concept of  restorative practices in detail and to translate the philosophy into practice through,

  • day staff training sessions, (introductory and advanced) or
  • 2-hour training modules presented at times that best suit the school community
  • and practical application sessions.

Follow up support is available to reinforce and grow your experience and knowledge.

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Restorative Practice in Business

business peopleBusinesses today in a complex world of global markets, internet sales, work place agreements, work place issues that involve union and government oversight, occupational health and safety all while trying to meet client needs within a tight budget. Managers and supervisors do not need the distraction of complaints, grievances or litigation arising from what usually start as relationship problem.

Bringing the concept of restorative practice to Tasmanian business

The involvement of management and staff in restorative practice helps to develop strong and active businesses leading to increased productivity and profitability.

Managers and staff are faced daily with problems that distract them from their primary focus of delivering a product to the community and achieving a good level of profitability.

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Community Worker Training

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!

Bringing the concept of restorative practice to Tasmanian Community and Health Workers, including any professional or volunteer engaging in delivering welfare and health services to the community.

Community and Health Workers are faced daily with issues that impact on their ability to engage effectively with their clients and patients.

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