In this webinar, Dr Hope Christie explains what trauma is, how posttraumatic stress disorder may develop following a trauma, and what impact trauma symptoms may have on children, adolescents, and adults. Dr Christie outlines how these symptoms may impact behaviour and emotions, and how parents can help support their child and themselves. This webinar is of interest to parents who would like to learn more about trauma and the impact it can have on the individual and their family.
Researcher of the month, Professor Claudia Bernard discusses her recent paper which explores the experiences and perspectives of designated safeguarding leads in fee-paying schools to understand how they engage affluent parents when there are safeguarding and child protection concerns.
Sadly, up to 70% of schools have a bereaved pupil on their roll at any given time. It can feel challenging to know how best to support children going through grief, but as Justin Bowen, author of ‘Be The Rainbow: A Practical Guide for Supporting Bereaved Children in Primary Schools’, says, ‘Great bereavement support doesn’t need to be complicated, but it does need to be thoughtful.’ We’ve spoken to Justin to get some simple and effective tips, designed to help give confidence to staff supporting children at a difficult time.
Tooled Up founder Dr Weston is joined by English teacher and examiner, Patrick Cragg, and Debi Roberts, CEO of suicide prevention charity, The OLLIE Foundation. Together, they discuss the prevalence of the theme of suicide and other mature themes in GCSE texts and how teachers can approach these sensitively.
In this interview, Professor Mina Fazel talks to Dr Weston about supporting displaced children once they are in a place of refuge. Listen now to find out about the crucial importance of a sense of belonging and how the outcomes of these children are dramatically improved if they are able to form natural social connections. Teachers and school staff can learn some top tips on supporting the mental health of refugee (and in fact all) children in the classroom. Professor Fazel also points us in the direction of some helpful further resources.
This comprehensive document is designed to support teams to create policies and procedures for their setting and is a practical tool to refer to in the event of a crisis. We are proud to have co-written this resource with suicide prevention charity, The OLLIE Foundation, to provide leadership teams in schools and other educational settings with the detailed guidance needed to coordinate an appropriate, helpful and safe response following the tragic event of a suicide or sudden death in their community. It can also be used to plan and inform a clear suicide response strategy, just in case it is ever required.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with suicide prevention and postvention expert, Dr Chris Bowden. They discuss the importance of cultivating emotional literacy, developing coping mechanisms and managing impulsive behaviours before considering how schools can best respond in the sad event of a pupil dying by suicide.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Dr Hope Christie about her research into the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on parents, and the ways in which experiences of trauma affect their parenting and the wider family dynamic. The message is one of admiration for how parents suffering from PTSD manage to cope with the many everday challenges that they face as parents. Trauma, and its impact, needs to be better understood by all of us. In learning more, we give ourselves and our children a better chance of thriving if and when it ever affects our own family.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Sarah Halligan about childhood trauma and the development of PTSD in children.