The Victim Support Creative Toolkit
Getting young victims of crime to talk can be challenging. That’s why Victim Support Norfolk gives its volunteers a ‘creative toolkit’ – a messenger bag crammed with toys, stationery and puppets – to make therapy sessions less threatening. Heidi Sweeney and Kara Shingleton explain.
Taking and looking at photographs can help children talk about their feelings. Del Loewenthal shares three European case studies which used ‘phototherapy’ in both schools and counselling sessions.
Grandparent’s have little legal status – often losing custody after a divorce, or getting burdened with caring duties with no fnancial support. Dr Clifford Hill and Matt Buttery report on their research with grandparents and children - and explain why they are campaigning for grandparents’ rights.
Online health visitors
A new website gives parents 24-hour access to Health Visitors. The website’s founders, Chamaine Lovett and Liz Costagliola, explain why their service is so effective.
Early support: helping sight-impaired preschoolers
Babies learn about their new world through sight. So parents of blind children often struggle to communicate with their children and measure their development. Julie Jennings investigates the practitioners using progress journals to help parents.
Can a school event help to keep kids healthy?
Bad school dinners, playing felds sold off for offce blocks, kids who think football is something on the telly – schools have to accept some responsibility for rising obesity rates. Louise Gilbert explains how a Whole School Focus Theme Event (WSFTE) based on health education can be used to show primary school kids the importance of diet and exercise.
The BEACHES project
Encouraging healthy eating and exercise with young children can promote lifelong good health. Gemma Knowles, Dr Peymane Adab, Miranda Pallan, Dr Eliot Marston and Dr Neil Thomas discuss their work with 5-7 year olds to prevent obesity in deprived South Asian families in Birmingham.
Improving the health and well-being of children
Children spend on average a quarter of their waking lives in school. The school environment, attitudes of staff and other children and young people, as well as what children learn in the classroom, have a major influence on the development of their knowledge and understanding of health.
Using ‘Restorative methods’, or mediation, to resolve teacher-pupil conficts can prevent exclusion, says Graham Sharrock. He describes a pilot project in Scotland using drama to show teachers how it works.