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A question for any EBD teachers out there

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by oddkid6, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. oddkid6

    oddkid6 New commenter


    I work in an EBD school and have for 2 years. In that 2 years I have seen the behaviour of the students worsen dramatically, so much so that for the first time this week - I did not feel safe in the school.

    Students are being very physical with staff. They are punching, leaving bruises, hurting and kicking members of staff on a regular basis (every day)

    Is this normal? The head seems to think it is and that we are lucky that we have no broken bones.

    This week alone I have seen one staff member elbowed in the face, another bruised by being punched several times, and a further female member of staff, picked up and thrown against a door frame, resulting in a damaged back.

    Please let me know if this is something we should accept as the norm when working in an EBD environment or something that I should be concerned about

    Many THanks
  2. Re the damaged back episode I seem to recall cases where teachers have been paid 6 figure sums in compensation for injuries sustained in pupil assaults where managers have failed to protect them. I have worked in EBD provisions for 9 years and am now head of one. My personal view is that nobody gets paid enough to come to work to be used as a punchbag. I believe I have a duty of care to my employees so we have a zero tolerance approach to assaults on staff. We exclude students because despite their EBD they need to be prepared for the real world, where if you assault someone you end up in a police cell. Having said that I think that working in a specialist EBD school you do expect an increased risk of getting accidentally hurt (breaking up a fight, attempting to restrain a student etc). I may be in the minority but I do not feel if it is ever acceptable to tolerate deliberate violence against people who are doing their job.
  3. andersoncouncil

    andersoncouncil New commenter

    I have replied to your post on the special needs forum, but agree wholeheartedly with joolzpop.
  4. Zadok1

    Zadok1 New commenter

    I have worked in a secure unit and in an inclusion unit... I also worked in a couple of 'challenging' mainstream schools which I think pose a higher risk to staff in many ways. I am very fortunate in never having been assaulted by a student.

    What I did notice was that in the secure unit the staff team was incredibly well trained in Mappa restraint techniques and would always restrain a student rather than allow them to assault anyone, or hurt themselves, when ever possible. I think a result of this, and the heavy emphasis on de-escalation techniques, meant that in general very few students required restraint... and, considering the history of the students and their reasons for being locked up, there were very few assaults on staff, both care staff and teachers.

    When I worked in the inclusion unit I was horrified by some of the situations that were allowed to develop and the absolute fear of the staff to 'lay hands' on a child who was either trying to beat the **** out of them or another student... weird, and very dangerous, in my book.

    I know this doesn't really answer your question but I strongly believe that one of the reasons I was never assaulted in mainstream or the inclusion unit was because I played the kids at their own game... if a kid made a move towards me I would warn them that if they touched me I'd have them for assault... and I meant it!

    And, by the sounds of it, I would have loved to work for Joolz.

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