Non-physical intervention in managing behaviour
Non-physical intervention is the recognised means of managing the behaviour of children and young people within a school as a profession teacher. Where a problem with a child or young person’s behaviour becomes apparent, non-physical interventions are used.
Use of verbal directions is always preferred to physical intervention. Physical contact with a child or young person (e.g. pushing, grabbing, poking, pulling, blocking) in order to ensure they comply with Directions is not appropriate ever. Under no circumstances should staff engage in any form of conduct which might cause physical or emotional harm to children and young people.
Staff may make legitimate use of physical restraint if all non-physical interventions have been exhausted or are impossible in the circumstances and a child or young
Staff are to use physical restraint only as a last resort and not as a response to property destructions or leaving the classroom or the school (just to name a few)
What I feel comfortable using?
I would choose to direct the other children and young people to move away
from the situation, this would draw the attention away from the student and hopefully have them stop the behaviour that has coursed the other children to move away.
I would also choose to talk with the individual child or young person (asking
the child or young person to stop the behaviour, and telling the child or young person what will happen if he/she does not stop), this would allow the child to be aware of the situation and what they are coursing to again cease the behaviour. Maybe even why they are doing the behaviour in the first instance.
***This has been completed prior to starting the course in 2014. Certificate of Attainment is below.
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.