This is the first book in the UK to explore the problems involved in ‘touching’ children in an educational environment, the book uses real-life examples taken from Heather Piper’s ground-breaking research into the mentality of today’s risk culture, and highlights a maddening state of affairs in which ordinary well-meaning professionals feel they cannot offer even very young children with basic levels comforting or affection.
This fascinating and long-overdue book examines the ‘no-touch’ pandemic in early years settings, primary and secondary schools today making use of extensive interviews with practitioners, parents and pupils alike, which:
- outline the general confusion experienced by many in knowing if, when and how to touch and the more recent backlash by some who attempted to buck the trend
- suggest why this issue is important now (for example, at a time when men are being encouraged to work in early years settings)
- consider explanations such as panic, risk, society and fear.
This book also examines and explains where the law stands on these issues, and keeps its key focus on practice throughout; representing an unsensationalized and sensible approach to an issue that is the source to so much professional anxiety, and will be welcomed by the entire teaching profession.