It can be all too easy for good intentions to slip. Many lead busy lives and somehow we don't get around to the things we had every intention of doing. It is important to arrange a follow up to check that the things individuals and groups agreed to do are progressing. It may be that a number of follow ups are needed. Some of the changes needed to address conflict situations need time to be worked on. Having periodic follow ups can be a great help in maintaining progress and focus.

The follow ups can involve all the people, or some of the people, involved in the restorative dialogue. It helps if the people involved in making changes know that the follow ups will be carried out in the same way and spirit of what has gone before. We need to bring to each follow up an atmosphere of trust, understanding and openness.

Each follow up can conclude with a statement, or restatement, of the actions to be carried out including who will be involved, how they will be done and what support is needed.

Introduction | Handling the trigger | 1. Preparation | 2. Dialogue | 3. Finding solutions | 4. Follow up

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