Former student leads lecture on Restorative Justice
Danny Wood is a former Ashton Sixth Form College Alumni and he returned to the college to speak to Psychology students about his role working in restorative justice.
Danny studied Psychology, Law and IT at Ashton from 2003-2005. His A-Level Psychology teacher Claire Rosie invited him back to the college to speak to her current students about his own experience studying the A-Level subject and then progressing in to the field.
After completing his studies at college, Danny joined the Police Force which is where he found out about restorative justice. Restorative justice is used "to prevent conflict, build relationships and repair harm by enabling people to communicate effectively and positively" (restorativejustice.org.uk). The practice works to bring those harmed by and those who caused the harm together, with the aim to find a positive way of moving forward.
He has since become the director of Restorative Communities CIC, following his career in the Police.
Students who are currently studying A-Level Psychology at Ashton Sixth Form College were able to see the topics they are learning about applied to real world situations. They gained a greater understanding of how their knowledge of psychology can work to influence change in communities.
Having studied at the college, Danny provided a unique insight for the students about his own experiences. He offered advice that was both relevant and relatable having studied A-Levels in similar subjects to the students listening, and spoke to them about how they can progress on to a career in the sector. His visit also encourage students to think and research the varying aspect of psychology they could go on to after college.
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