9th January 2019

Supporting vulnerable children is the subject of a new collaborative work edited by Bishop Grosseteste University’s (BGU) Dr Pat Beckley.


Exploring specific experiences, circumstances, and events that can put children at risk, ‘Supporting Vulnerable Children in the Early Years: Practical Guidance and Strategies for Working with Children at Risk’ provides practical guidance for early years practitioners working with vulnerable children.

It covers supporting children who are abused and neglected, those with special educational needs, children from ethnic minorities, those with emotional or health difficulties, children affected by poverty and children in care.

Each chapter draws on current research and theories to set out clear advice and strategies for supporting the wellbeing and development of vulnerable children, including working in partnership with parents, carers and communities.

Collaborators on the project included Dr Beckley’s colleagues from BGU Julia Lindley-Baker, Elizabeth Farrar, Sarah Howe and Helen Thornalley whilst Professor Chris Atkin provided the foreword.

In addition contributions were made by former BGU lecturer Tony Luby, Early Years colleagues from other Higher Education institutions, school partner colleagues Nishi Bremner and Gina Taylor, and Rosey Shelbourne from Christian Partners in Africa.

‘Supporting Vulnerable Children in the Early Years: Practical Guidance and Strategies for Working with Children at Risk’ is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and is available from 21 February.

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