I attended a workshop with John Armstrong last week. It was a two day seminar on Social Role Valorisation. And, while for me, he is probably preaching to the converted, there was one line he said that really stood out.
“Your duty of care to someone with competency issues is to ensure they ‘grow and develop’. ”
It is THAT simple.
Too often those working in education claim it is ‘too hard, the child is too disabled, too dangerous, there’s not enough funding, will impact on the learning/safety of others, they are not trained for this, there’s places for children like this’.
But, when you break it down to simply ENSURE they GROW and DEVELOP then surely much of the fear can dissipate.
If those adults in roles of power took this on board then the goals could be simpler, clearer and specific to the child in question – not confused by anything other than growth and development appropriate to the individual.
To grow and develop would mean every child would be striving to achieve PBs (personal bests) again, appropriate to the individual (btw, this does not mean life skills –that is a cop out by educators).
Everyone has the ability to learn, everyone is educable and everyone can grow and develop given the opportunity.