Post Winterbourne View: Treating people who demonstrate challenging behaviour with compassion, dignity and respect
Dr Nick Hodge, Reader in Education and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University, UK presenting at Critical Disability Studies@MMU
12.00-2.00pm on Wednesday 12 June 2013 in Room OB105, Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0JA.
‘Positive handling’ has become a popular approach within education and other services in England for managing behaviour. This paper uses a vignette of an observation of handling as a starting point for consideration of whether this practice can ever be experienced as positive or whether it is really nothing more than a mechanism of control that negates the rights of disabled children and young people. In England the government has identified compassion, dignity and respect as key indicators of high quality practice for people whose behaviour challenges services along with the freedom for individuals to take risks and to exercise choice. This paper evaluates the potential of Prouty’s principles of pre-therapy from the world of counselling for supporting achievement of these goals within all services by enabling care workers to ‘read’ behaviour rather than to ‘handle’ it.
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