Read this report. Read every word. 

Read as if a child's life depends on it. 

Because it does.

The brutal reality of Dr Alex Chard's report is that it we are failing the most needy, the most vulnerable, the most disadvantaged and the most challenging children and young people in society, time and again.

We are failing to safeguard these individuals by not identifying extreme needs in the first 1000 days of life; we are failing to recognise the stark consequences of the collision between poverty, abuse and neglect; we are failing to prioritise these children in terms of joined-up therapeutic and healing service delivery that puts the Child First. And we are failing our communities, in terms of the social, emotional and economic consequences of unmet needs, and damage to the very fabric of society through avoidable criminality... not to mention the desolate life outcomes writ large in the children featured in this report.

There are solutions, but these only make sense and become workable, shared and passionately enacted if the reasons for these solutions are fully understood and deeply owned by every individual in public service.

So read the report. A child's life depends on it."

Marius Frank Youth Justice Lead at Achievement for All

How Achievement for All can support service improvement

Achievement for All's coached programmes offer bespoke solutions that align 100% to the recommendations outlined in "Punishing Abuse":

Achieving Wellbeing offers education settings a comprehensive set of strategies and approaches to unlock academic achievement and accelerate progress by improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of an education setting, decreasing fixed term and permanent exclusions and raising standards: a chosen solution for education settings wishing to put wellbeing at the heart of learning as we recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic 

https://afaeducation.org/coaching-programmes/achieving-wellbeing/achieving-wellbeing/

Emotion Coaching is an attachment-based tool that helps children to self-regulate and manage their own emotions by developing self-awareness and nurturing relationships- bespoke approaches have been developed for schools, early years settings and youth justice teams

https://afaeducation.org/coaching-programmes/emotion-coaching/emotion-coaching/

Youth Offending Team professional development training and quality assurance work continues, in partnership with AYM (Association of Youth Offending Team Managers). Our SEND Quality Mark/Quality Lead framework has been adopted in over 60 Youth Offending Teams across the country and aligns to Child First practice and integrated service delivery

https://afaeducation.org/news/a-wider-offer-for-youth-offending-teams-in-england-and-wales/

Including Children Affected by Migration (ICAM)

Migrants are specifically mentioned in the "Punishing Abuse" report. We are looking for schools and colleges who would like to join an EU-funded project aimed at transforming outcomes for Children Affected by Migration (which includes Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers, many of whom become Children in Care upon entering the country).

The programme includes a specific set of high impact resources to build on-line social and emotional resilience to bullying, grooming and radicalisation.

The professional training and access to resources are completely free- all we need is an undertaking that the education setting will create the capacity and leadership to enable the project to proceed.

Please contact Marius.Frank@afaeducation.org directly if you want to find out more.

https://afaeducation.org/about-us/achievement-for-all-international/icamnet/

https://afaeducation.org/about-us/achievement-for-all-international/becsr/

Please contact Achievement for All for a conversation: support@afaeducation.org