However, as a consequence of most focus being placed on those cases because of huge media and political pressure, other issues have not received the attention they need.
Emotional abuse can have a profound, long-lasting impact on a child, as can emotional well-being. The classroom environment can have an impact well into adulthood. Most adults have experienced emotional abuse in some classroom at some time In a similar way, a positive classroom environment can also lead to life-long happy memories. .Research results are clear about all of this. What research is not so clear about is the extent to which teachers may realize their effect but there is no doubts that good and bad teachers leave a life-long mark.
The UK's Every Child Matters (ECM) programme has identified a much broader range of issues affecting child well-being beyond many of the specific problems lying behind those tragic high profile cases. Combined with observations by UNICEF, including where the UK has been at the bottom of several league tables for child well-being, there are issues mentioned in ECM, but for which very little is done, and few resources are available to help professionals and interested parties.
This book is focussed on emotional abuse, specifically emotional abuse in the classroom; it is essential reading for all who need to know about these aspects of safeguarding: teachers, parents, social workers, school managers, politicians, and pupils themselves. It provides research-based self-evaluation tools for teachers and pupils to help identify potentially problematic classroom situations.
The book contains several important tools and ideas, including:
• practical self-evaluation checklists so teachers can check their own behaviour and pupils can check their own experiences-these tools can help teachers to provide positive happy child classroom experiences;
• essential material to supplement ECM and bring UN children rights into schools;
• suggestions for school policy changes;
• references into relevant literature for those who wish to study further;
• an associated website to research classroom emotional abuse in more depth.
Whatever your view about safeguarding and ECM, you will find this book stimulating, challenging, and thought provoking.