Supporting Children

What is FASD? (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

The varying effects of alcohol have been observed by human civilization for thousands of years. Its use is often varied, having a place in all levels of society and utilised consistently in medicine, religion, and social ritualism. The eternal contradiction between alcohol as essential for pleasure yet being a catalyst for pain and societal evil, is found throughout much…

Autism Awareness Week

This year sees the return of National Autism Week, and the 10th Anniversary of the Autism Act in England.  Pioneered by the National Autistic Society (NAS), the goal of National Autism Week is to raise public awareness and draw attention to the 700,000 people living with autism within the UK, and to help make the…

Ofsted Framework Changes and Positive Behaviour

We have all seen and heard the news that Ofsted has launched the consultancy into their revised inspection framework to potentially come into place in September 2019. Within the proposed changes, change to the judgment of personal development, behaviour and welfare split – We at ABLE applaud the changes with this split. Accompany this with…

The Myths Surrounding Self Harm

The phrases ‘self harm’ or ‘self injury’ are used to describe a wide range of behaviours. There are many misunderstandings related to these behaviours and the reasons why they occur. Self-harm is often understood to be a physical response to an emotional pain of some kind, and can be very addictive. Some of the things…

Child Sexual Exploitation: myths vs reality

Five myths about child sexual exploitation Three years after the revelation of the biggest child sexual exploitation (CSE) scandal that shocked the country and one year after the publication of ‘Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation’, a comprehensive report that set out how the Government would deal with CSE and respond to the identified failures myths still…

Should foster carers learn physical intervention techniques?

Should breakaway, restraint, safe or therapeutic holding and physical intervention training be offered to foster carers? Physical intervention should always be a last resort and de-escalation skills, proactive behavioural strategies and empathetic behavioural support are always preferable but there are occasions when physical skills may sometimes be necessary and appropriate. If a foster carer is…