This guide is designed to support professionals in the sensitive and effective use of the storybook, Floss and the Boss, which was created to help young children understand about domestic abuse and coercive control.
By defining domestic abuse and coercive control and exploring the effects upon children and their education, this guidebook puts the professional in a position to have important conversations with children about what to do if something at home does not feel right. When used with the storybook, it provides a vehicle for talking to children about staying safe and their emotional wellbeing.
Key features of this book include:
This is a vital tool for teachers, social care staff, therapists and other professionals working with the Floss and the Boss story to teach young children about domestic abuse and coercive control.
"The book is beautifully illustrated and carries a simple and extremely powerful story. The story itself is pitched just right for young children to engage with on a number of different levels. It would be useful for all children, regardless of whether they themselves are experiencing coercive control. The resources that accompany it are absolutely excellent for supporting professionals to use the book with children.
With its vitally important message and engaging story, Floss and the Boss is an essential resource."
Dr Emma Katz, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction 1 The characters 2 Page by page teacher / mentor notes 3 Discussions and activities for supporting children, safety planning and supporting mothers 4 How children experience domestic abuse and coercive control 5 The impact on children and their education 6 Helplines Bibliography