This will be a welcome resource as part of professional development for practitioners in both mainstream and special schools working with children with BESD. It will provide a useful audit of practice; perhaps reminding practitioners of what they are doing well. It will serve as an introduction to other interventions that may be new to them. EPs should not hesitate in reading it themselves, or recommending to colleagues in schools, especially those with responsibility with BESD.
This is a useful addition to a series of books relating to difficult-to-reach young people published by Jessica Kingsley. The authors have experience in and enthusiasm for a subject that should interest most professionals who work with young people. While the book's title describes children with "complex difficulties", many of the ideas and programmes summarised have relevance to all professionals; as well as being perfect reading for those practitioners newly introduced to the field, it provides an excellent overview of "what's out there" for more experienced professionals.
Ted Cole and Barbara Knowles have written a practical volume for teachers...The authors cover patterns of educational provision, child development, whole-school influences, interventions, well-being and mental health, support beyond the work setting and working with parents and carers.