All cultures have children and young people whose emotional wellbeing requires attention and whose behaviours give them, their peers and those who care for them challenges in how to meet their needs. Developing good practice across work with children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties relies on both professional practice and theory. The chapters in this book are taken from those presented at the International Conference organised by SEBDA in 2010 around the theme ‘Transforming Troubled Lives’, with each contributor addressing issues of policy, practice or provision whilst exploring an essential question: is what we are doing effective? This critical reflective question is essential if interventions – be they in provision, policy or practice – are to lead to positive outcomes for the children and young people concerned.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
1. Transforming troubled lives John Visser 2. The non-sense of raising school attendance Anne Sheppard 3. Towards a new construct of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties Frédéric Fovet 4. Checking if institutional programs are matched with the results of risk and needs assessment in a Croatian context Anja Mirosavljevíc and Nivex Koller-Trbovíc 5. Children in residential care and school engagement or school ‘dropout’: what makes the difference in terms of policies and practices in England and France? Benjamin Denecheau 6. Pupil voice: listening to and hearing the educational experiences of young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) Marie O’Connor, Alan Hodkinson, Diana Burton and Gabriella Torstensson 7. Living in the ‘real world’: the experiences and support of school-leavers with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties Zoe O’Riordan 8. Cyber bullying: practices to face digital aggression Mickie Wong-Lo, Lyndal M. Bullock and Robert A. Gable; Book reviews