There has never been a more crucial time to listen to the voice of children and young people.
A recent survey of school heads and other staff conducted by Place2Be, and the National Association of Head Teachers found a large surge in mental health problems among pupils since the start of the academic year, including low self-esteem (86%), depression (76%) and sustained feelings of anger (68%).
Across the UK, children spend roughly 190 days a year in an educational setting. It is of the highest importance that those individuals working alongside vulnerable children are equipped with the knowledge and skillset to effectively identify the early signs of childhood trauma.
As outlined in the recent Independent Children Social Care Report, roughly 83,000 children are in care. Commonly due to family dysfunction, parental illness, abuse, or neglect. With this number set to rise over the next decade, thousands of more children are experiencing adverse experiences in the home, showcasing the important role educators play in supporting the UK’s most vulnerable pupils.
Without trauma-informed training, teachers can often feel ill-equipped to recognise and respond appropriately to young people, which could potentially lead to unknowingly re-traumatising a child. By adopting a whole school trauma-informed approach, teachers and staff members are presented with the opportunity to better understand and support children who are experiencing trauma.
At Antser, we firmly believe that no child’s education should be disrupted due to familial, health or environmental circumstances.
Using our virtual reality (VR) programme, Antser VR is designed to support both the child and the teams around the child including educators, support teams and parents in understanding emotions, trauma, and potential triggers so that they can support, care, and guide them effectively.
Using 360-degree immersive films and VR headsets to enable practitioners and teachers to understand real-life situations such as exploitation, abuse, attachment, and trauma from the perspective of a child. The technology aims to raise awareness and increase empathy to ultimately facilitate positive behaviour change and provide better outcomes for children and young people. This powerful approach quickly and effectively deliver teachers the knowledge, understanding and empathy that can otherwise take years to develop.
In our upcoming webinar, ‘Using Virtual Reality to Improve Approaches Towards Childhood Trauma’, we will be joined by key speakers from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, to hear how Antser VR is currently being used as a training tool to ensure primary and secondary school teachers have a greater understanding and awareness of the impact of childhood trauma.
During the webinar, participants will be able to walk in the footsteps of children and young people living in an at-risk or abusive environment, exploring how VR encourages practitioners and teachers working directly with vulnerable children to see incidents through the eyes of the child.
Throughout the webinar, participants will be able to hear first-hand from practitioners at Hammersmith and Fulham Council and experience exclusive previews of a series of immersive storytelling films.
To secure a free place today, visit – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-virtual-reality-to-improve-approaches-towards-childhood-trauma-tickets-372819903367