Deborah Mitchell works for a not-for-profit community interest company called RJ Working based in the far South West of England. The multidisciplinary RJ Working team combines the expertise of former teachers, youth workers and probation staff, with the ambition of introducing Restorative practice across Cornwall. Together, they champion the relevance of Restorative practice for building community in response to diminishing resources, for tackling the harms caused by climate change and by racism, and for supporting children and young people to better look after themselves and each other.
Deborah has a background in the Probation Service and is a registered Social Worker. She is especially interested in the potential of the Restorative model to enable dialogue about identity. She sees Restorative Practice as an expression of Quaker values.