INTO Special Education Conference
Assaults on Teachers
Michael Cullinane Regional Director
NEPS North East Region
8th December 2012
n Schools ….Teachers
n Families and communities
n Educational services i.e. NEPS, SESS, NCSE
n HSE services
To set out the NEPS response to supporting children
presenting with Behavioural, Emotional and Social
Two aspects…Role of NEPS
Consultative service ….. “a collaborative and problem solving
approach incorporating assessment and intervention which
has at its core a focus on children and their contexts”
2. Support and development work….work of a preventative
nature, generalise interventions.. building teacher and school
capacity to respond to needs..
Positive outcomes in case-work is dependent on
good whole school approaches… well trained
n Behavioural consultations are an increasing part of our work..
n Functional approach….collaborative…to understand and to intervene….
…consideration of child factors and environmental factors……
…careful recording of nature of problem….
n Support the development & monitoring of behaviour and support plans
n Liaison with HSE services…integrated response…
n In relation to ASD: align our approach with SESS: Contemporary
Applied Behavioural Analysis approach.
BESD – A Continuum of Support Guidelines
n Sets out a graduated response
Teacher assessment, class rules & organisation,
learning environment, ethos
Collaborative response, more detailed assessment,
and intervention planning
School support plus
More intensive, data driven planning and intervention,
n Positive approaches…..
n A functional approach….
n Seeing behaviour as a communication….
n Collaborative planning
n Service priority for last two years in NEPS
n Presenting these to all primary schools receiving a
n North East Region:
Presentation to staffs, SEN Teams, and/or
n North East Region…181 presentations last year…
Support and Development Work
n Support and advice on psycho-educational
- social skills training,
- anxiety prevention
- anger management
n BESD: Whole school approaches, functional
approach…responding to behaviour…
n Two particular programmes:
- Incredible Years
- Friends for Life programme
n 3 to 8 years:
n 5/6 day practice based programme
n 3 strands….
n Efficient means of preventing later difficulties…..
n Effective in developing teacher competence…..
n Promoting social, emotional and behaviour change…
n Each session involves 17 teachers → 480 children
n NEPS has trained 2,500 teachers to-date
n Plan to run 25 programmes this year
n We have 129 psychologists trained in IY
Friends for Life
n Anxiety prevention.. coping skills and emotional
n 10 session + 2 booster sessions drawing on CBT
principles…10 to 12 weeks
n Programme: 4 to 7 year and 8 to 11 years
n Evaluated NBSS, NEPS, SPHE
n Improved self esteem, less stress, less
Friends for Life
n 50 + NEPS psychologists trained to deliver this
n Currently, significant pilot underway
n Some training for teachers available this
n If successful.. NEPS will move to training teachers
to deliver these programmes…support through
Children with severe and significant BESD
n Individual supports….Individual planning
n Integrated response…multi-agency
n Psycho-educational programmes
n Well trained and well supported teachers
n As part of an effective whole school