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Far be it from me to disagree with the Children’s Commissioner on schools and looked-after children but……….
Far be it from me to disagree with the Children’s Commissioner on schools and looked-after children but………. 150 150 Jane Evans

This headline in TES (Times Educational Supplement) grabbed my attention in a week full of headlines relating to children and their trauma. ‘Schools are set up to help children in care – so why do so many of these pupils leave through the back door?’ Written by the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, it relates to…

Children learn to survive BUT we should NOT call this resilience
Children learn to survive BUT we should NOT call this resilience 150 150 Jane Evans

I was on a flight from Serbia to Heathrow recently. Behind me in the security que was a Dad with 2 young children. A little boy of about 4, a girl of about 6 they had just been to visit a museum as part of their trip and were all tired. The Dad was teasing…

Commonly held parenting beliefs are failing our children
Commonly held parenting beliefs are failing our children 150 150 Jane Evans

This is a distressing watch so please be aware!! Thinking about how we raise children is a huge part of my life. I often convince myself that by now most people must be wanting to move away from using shame, humiliation and fear to get children to behave well. After all, we live in a time where…

Why are rewards and consequences still used in early year’s settings?????
Why are rewards and consequences still used in early year’s settings????? 150 150 Jane Evans

Are rewards and consequences still used in early years settings because there are no alternatives? Or is something else going on? When I Google searched reward charts there was such a variety of them I realised how big an issue I am facing by saying they should not be used in any early years settings…

‘Soft signs’ of abuse – a step too far?
‘Soft signs’ of abuse – a step too far? 150 150 Jane Evans

Will soft signs help or hinder? As part of a consultation requested by the Department for Education and Department of Health, NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recently put out information for professionals who work with children, on paying attention to certain ‘soft signs’ of changes and distress in children’s behaviour. NICE…

Why knowing about early trauma is good for our health!
Why knowing about early trauma is good for our health! 150 150 Jane Evans

Medicine and medical science ARE wonderful but….. Without medical knowledge and medical practice the human race would surely have died out by now, or be in a much, much worse state than it is. However, the degree to which medicine and medical practice still isn’t very trauma-aware is VERY concerning as it can lead to miss-diagnosis,…

Never mind mental health! What about the government madness surrounding it?!!
Never mind mental health! What about the government madness surrounding it?!! 150 150 Jane Evans

Earlier this week Theresa May made a stirring speech about mental health “The prime minister said mental health had been “dangerously disregarded” as secondary to physical health and changing that would go “right to the heart of our humanity” May even made links between poor mental health and long term outcomes such as poor physical health,…

The ticking time bomb of time-out!
The ticking time bomb of time-out! 150 150 Jane Evans

When I was parenting my young child I did sometimes send him to his room, not often, but I did. usually when I was heading towards volcanic eruption, but also as a punishment. When I was a childminder, I had a Calm Down Step, for time away from the other children to calm down and…

What we must do to help turn off the dripping tap of trauma for children and young people
What we must do to help turn off the dripping tap of trauma for children and young people 150 150 Jane Evans

Why do we still hold on to a belief that time alone heals? For the past 23 years I have lost count of the number children and young people I have known, or known of, who have grown up with a level of trauma as the backdrop to their early childhood. Unending, like a dripping…

Time has come to stop making our children sick
Time has come to stop making our children sick 150 150 Jane Evans

We have to stop crushing children’s emotional development by using shame As I read yet another article on how CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) can’t cope with the high levels of CHILDREN and young people being referred for assessments and support, this time reporting what psychiatrists are finding, I want to scream, shout,…