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Care, welfare and behaviour

The impact of careers work

The relationship of social and emotional well-being to improving outcomes for children and young people

Professor Katherine Weare has highlighted that research evidence shows we cannot separate our efforts to promote confidence, good behaviour, effective citizenship, emotional well-being, successful learning, or positive relationships and that work relevant to developing positive behaviour for learning is currently being conducted under a range of different terms including resilience, mental health, emotional literacy, well-being, school effectiveness, confidence, leadership, behaviour improvement and social skills amongst others. Similarly the Every Child Matters agenda recognises the interrelated aspects of children and young people's well being and the need to address them all in order to secure improved life outcomes for all children and young people in the five outcomes that are now deeply embedded in policy and practice across children's services.

This online resource provides an overview of policy, research and guidance related to the care, welfare and behaviour of young people. You will find information on models for promoting emotional intelligence and emotional literacy within the individual as well as system level models focussing on improving the teaching of self-awareness, managing feelings, empathy, motivation, social skills, values and confidence. A range of theories, approaches and models are highlighted in the resource areas, such as Reversal Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Restorative Practice and Solution Oriented Practice, however, inclusion does not imply we favour one theory or approach over another simply that there is some evidence that these approaches and theories can have an impact, in specific contexts, on the care, welfare and behaviour of young people and that this in turn can improve their engagement in learning.

The emphasis is on a holistic approach to working with young people with individual resource areas focusing on specific aspects of care, welfare and behaviour practice. The common thread running through all the resource areas is a focus on the social and emotional competence of children, young people, their families and even wider communities.

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