Mark Whitehead 23 November 2018

Vulnerable children at risk due to school support staff cuts, union warns

Vulnerable children at risk due to school support staff cuts, union warns image

A quarter of school support staff go home worried every day having spoken to pupils about the issues that trouble them, according to their union.

Unison says grooming, gangs, domestic violence, bullying, loneliness, and sexual abuse are among the problems that cause concern.

Other issues include parents splitting up, family bereavement, self-harm, and sibling rivalry, to family members falling ill, the misuse of alcohol or drugs at home, and having a parent in prison.

Support staff responding to a survey by Unison said they felt the contributions they made in school helped pupils to feel safer and supported their learning in the classroom.

They also thought their work helped pupils feel less isolated and improved their attendance.

But a third reported that their schools had made cuts to staff carrying out pastoral roles over the past year.

Unison head of educatio,n Jon Richards, said: 'Schools simply couldn’t run smoothly, and the achievements of pupils would be significantly reduced, without the efforts of these dedicated staff.

'Having the right type of emotional support in place at the right time ensures problems don’t escalate into crises.

'But cuts pose a huge risk to schools and pupils. The government must properly fund schools so there’s always the time and space for children to feel listened to and helped.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Mayoralty & Business Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£41,292 - £50,034
The Mayoralty & Business Manager will be responsible for maintaining the reputation of both Mayoralties and promoting a positive image of... London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Joint Assistant Director - Communities and Wellbeing

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£75,000
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are at the forefront of joint working and are a progressive award-winning partnership Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Customer Services Assistant - Annualised Hours

Essex County Council
£18029 - £19329 per annum
Customer Services Assistant - Annualised HoursPermanent, Part Timeup to £19,329 per annum pro rataLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Customer Services Assistant - Annualised Hours

Essex County Council
£18039 - £19329 per annum
Customer Services Assistant - Annualised HoursPermanent, Part Timeup to £19,329 per annum pro rataLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Practice Supervisor - Children & Families Service - Northallerton

North Yorkshire County Council
£39,880 - £43,857 per annum pro rata + relocation support
An exciting position has arisen for an enthusiastic, well-motivated Practice Supervisor to join the Northallerton team. White Rose House, Northallerton. We very much promote flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a variety of bases as well as from home, whatever makes sense and is suitable to provide the best service.
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue