Working with Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs in a Nurture Group setting: The professional and personal impact.

Middleton, Tristan ORCID: 0000-0001-8111-3856 (2018) Working with Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs in a Nurture Group setting: The professional and personal impact. In: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): Advancing Theory, Policy and Practice International Conference, 22nd to 23rd November 2018, Nottingham Trent University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Within the context of an increasing demand on schools to support children with SEMH difficulties, this paper considers the potential implications for schools to enable them to support Nurture Group (Bennathan and Boxall 2003) practitioners to address their own needs which arise from supporting children who present emotionally demanding behaviours, often as a result of adverse childhood experiences. This paper presents the results of the research project to identify the impact of working in a Primary School Nurture Group setting on two Teaching Assistants in a Cotswold primary school. This research uses a narrative inquiry approach (Clandinin 2013), to provide rich data from the stories through which the practitioners interpret, and make sense of (Bruner 1991), significant events in their professional experience. These stories are analysed in order to identify the impact on both their professional and personal lives and the protective factors when engaging in this emotional labour. The research methodology includes sessions which reflect a supervision approach (Beddoe & Davys 2016, Noble), providing a safe space in which to be heard (Rogers 1967), as well as more directed narrative spaces.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education & Humanities > Education
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Tristan Middleton
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 10:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7036

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