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Why we must recognize that school can be a child’s sanctuary
Why we must recognize that school can be a child’s sanctuary 150 150 Jane Evans

School can be a place to exhale and feel safe Many children have complex home lives. Parents and carers doing their best in most cases but often juggling too much for too long with their emotional and physical needs unmet, sometimes since birth. Trying to function and raise children in a time of scarce resources…

What to do when a child’s trauma pan boils over
What to do when a child’s trauma pan boils over 150 150 Jane Evans

Living with a child whose trauma is emerging takes many things. Emotional resilience and availability, the capacity to be hit, spat at, have objects thrown at you, to hear awful things from the child, compassion, calmness the list goes on and on. Especially as it often triggers our own trauma so that is an additional…

Why is tickling a child really about respect and consent?
Why is tickling a child really about respect and consent? 150 150 Jane Evans

Tickling in the House of Commons? During a discussion in the House of Commons on the rise in the numbers of sexual assaults on children, the MP for Glasgow Central, Alison Thewliss, talked about tickling children in the context of teaching them about consent. “In thinking about consent, that also starts at a very young…

Why are schools using so many shame tactics?
Why are schools using so many shame tactics? 150 150 Jane Evans

What’s going on? Highlighted across all forms of media are stories about the rising numbers of children suffering from a range of mental illness. Alongside this are stories of schools using shaming tactics in the name of behavior management. This is NOT a coincidence. Ironically mental illness and shame have a close relationship. Shame induces fear…

Are you ready to ditch ‘the look’ when caring for children?
Are you ready to ditch ‘the look’ when caring for children? 150 150 Jane Evans

Have you ever caught yourself giving a child the look to stop their behaviour, only to regret it later, as: You realised it wasn’t them who did it They burst into floods of tears….for ages You hear later that their cat died last night You knew it wasn’t really about them Can stickers replace the…

Why are over 25% of adoptive families reporting that they are in crisis?
Why are over 25% of adoptive families reporting that they are in crisis? 150 150 Jane Evans

Adoptive parents may well be screaming at the screen if they’ve just read the title of this blog For those who live with their adopted children, it may well be ridiculously obvious! For example, if you go into adoption with expectations of creating a loving family environment for and with a child, only to discover…

Back to School Note from a Good Kid!
Back to School Note from a Good Kid! 150 150 Jane Evans

Dear Educators, I am writing this note to you so that you will hear my voice and not jump to conclusions about me. I am coming to your school in September and these are the things you need to know about me. 1. I’m a great kid! 2. I come with a past. 3. I…

Is it right for robots to be raising our children to be robots?
Is it right for robots to be raising our children to be robots? 150 150 Jane Evans

An article in the Telegraph caught my eye on Twitter this week. It reported that a shortage of childcare staff in Japan has seen them begin to use robots! Yep – I did say robots. Robots designed to look after children are being introduced in Japanese nurseries in an attempt to ease the nation’s acute…

Why are we still on the ‘old ship’ – rewards & consequences?
Why are we still on the ‘old ship’ – rewards & consequences? 150 150 Jane Evans

I was talking with my friend and colleague Mike Armiger one fine evening last week over fish, chips and a pint! As is oft the case we were puzzling over the conflicting views, policies, beliefs, and practices used in education for ‘behaviour.’ Especially as the dominant discourse and practices still seem to cling to doing…

Why EVERY professional can support children’s mental health
Why EVERY professional can support children’s mental health 150 150 Jane Evans

I love debates on Twitter. Although with just 140 characters to use they can get VERY frustrating! Recently I was having a Twitter debate on enabling teachers to be trained as mental health specialists. It came from an article in the Guardian, New ‘Teach First’ to train teachers as mental health specialists UK charity aims…