W came to the service in Year 1 as a child whose behaviour was out of control – spitting, kicking, screaming and swearing. Staff within the school found it incredibly difficult to work with this child; they had an overwhelming desire to help whilst also being quite fearful never quite knowing when he would act out in this way. As a result he never had a constant figure supporting him in class.
Through the work in therapy it became evident that this child needed to have really firm boundaries in place and a constant in their life. The therapist who was working with W became more and more concerned about the child’s behaviour and also had concerns about his safety at home. She decided to try and engage the school and external services to think about how to best support this child.
Two years on and the “team around the child” consists of the PBS (Primary Behaviour Service), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Social Services, a consistent one to one person in school and a number of known people who this child can go to. The result is a child who is now much better able to manage in the classroom, manage their friendships and is starting to become more able to self-regulate. There is still a long way to go but the engagement of all of the services thinking together has really provided a “container” for this child to help them feel safe.