The key for a successful working relationship is to be able to have “difficult conversations” that do not result in a breakdown of communication between parties. When working with children and their families that have a range of complex needs you need the ability to assimilate a wealth of information from a range of sources, supplemented by a degree of professional “curiosity and judgement” in order to complete a timely assessment. You also have to ensure that adequate safeguarding procedures are in place whilst you put forward your proposals to achieve relevant, positive changes.
It can be daunting to find a way of engaging with a child and their family, parents or carers for the first time and be even more challenging to maintain momentum. Problems can also arise when you liaise with professionals from other agencies or teams, let alone endeavour to develop mutually agreeable goals. Equally, thresholds for intervention can differ enormously between services and/or agencies and the “professional jargon” used may be quite different.
Given my background in education and unique professional experience I can support you to improve the effectiveness of your communication and engagement with all parties. This can also include Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and is easily achievable both on a 1:1 basis and via a whole team setting through bespoke training sessions or interactive workshops.
Let me help you with ideas and strategies that support effective classroom management, as well as furnish you with the relevant language needed, in order to reduce the need for Fixed Term and Permanent exclusions. Let me support you to secure improved parental engagement that not only promotes the best interests of the child but also has favourable regard with Ofsted.
Let me help you capture the fuller picture of the needs and aspirations of the child, as well as the hopes and concerns of the parents/carers, as you complete the statutory assessment and review processes. Let me support you to gain as accurate an interpretation of the information gathered from all parties as possible and allow me to collaborate with you to produce an EHC Plan that is “fit for purpose”.
Let me help you to reduce the likelihood of family breakdown or the need for a child to have to be taken into care. Let me assist you with your involvement and work with children and families with complex needs, acting as an additional resource or “critical friend”. Let me support you to ensure safeguarding concerns are fully addressed and to promote a working model of “best practice”.
Let me help you secure increased engagement at appointments and subsequent compliance with treatment in order to help reduce the number of “no-shows” that are recorded. Let me be the person you endorse to carry out any recommended intervention in the community setting, safe in the knowledge that I will work with integrity, maintain confidentiality and keep you informed.
Let me help you to understand the intricacies behind the behaviours displayed by children, adolescents and even adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Learning Needs or Disabilities. Let me provide you with the language and strategies front-line staff will need to reduce the likelihood of confrontation and unnecessary entry into the Criminal Justice System.