Coaching and Well-Being
I have over 15 years working in a pastoral nature. Secondary Trauma was something that was never a focus of the role in fact, I did not learn about secondary trauma until I started my own self development. Only to find out this is very common in supporting roles.
The impact of secondary trauma may manifest in various ways through fatigue, low moods, feeling of deep sadness, headaches and other ways. I join the call to education establishments to deal with this and understand that there is a duty of care for our pastoral teams.
Pastoral teams need safe spaces to off-load, monthly supervision and a robust plan to avoid burnout or fatigue.
Pastoral teams deal with the most vulnerable students and hear the most traumatic stories it is not good enough to have a helpline service with individuals that do not understand or not have experience the role.
Are you an establishment that supports your pastoral teams well-being?
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) says: ‘Designated practitioner roles should be given sufficient time, funding, supervision and support to fulfil their child welfare and safeguarding responsibilities effectively....’ p56
“Staff and other adults receive regular supervision and support if they are working directly and regularly with children and learners whose safety and welfare are at risk”. - Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings (Ofsted, 2019) p10.
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