This is a serious question - I'm looking for advice/regulations. I am a British. non-qualified Primary Homeroom teacher, teaching in south-east Asia for more than 10 years. I'm male and mature in years (56). I am returning back to the UK to study on-campus for a PGCE in Primary Education, followed by teaching in the UK, if anyone will employ me in my advanced years My question is maybe a little delicate. I have taught in schools in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. All these schools have encouraged primary teachers - make and female - to adopt a 'parenting' role with their class, since the teacher is both responsible for academic teaching and the pastoral care of their students. So these means physical interaction with the young students, which means (depending on the age of the student and the specific circumstances), hugging, holding hands, comforting etc. Of course, common sense dictates that teachers do not behave in a manner that could raise eyebrows. (All classrooms where I have taught have CCTV installed to avoid any accusations of improper teacher/student behaviour). So the male teacher is really acting as a 'father' and the female teacher as a 'mother', (in many cases, the children do not have a real father at home). I should emphasise that I have 4 kids of my own, and a police background clearance in both the UK and countries where I have been teaching. For me, the physical interaction between student and teacher is just a normal part of the school day. But I want to understand what is the rule or accepted physical interaction between young student and teacher in the UK. I do not want to be arrested in the classroom for some innocent, physical action that is - nevertheless - considered taboo. Are there any resources which explain what is required from a primary teacher concerning physical interaction with his/her young students.