Awareness of childhood violence is growing globally. It is estimated that almost a quarter of teachers are assaulted by their pupils each week in the UK, with many of these children identified as having social, emotional, and mental health needs. These pupils are increasingly likely to be excluded from school. When compared with violence and aggression from adults, there is a poor level of awareness and multi-agency co-ordination when risk-assessing violence and aggression from children. In this article, I posit that risk models applied to adult violence and aggression, particularly multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARAC), should be applied to childhood presentations of violence and aggression, thus expanding knowledge and providing additional resources for early identification and support. Through a child-centred MARAC, there is opportunity for schools to remove responsibility from the teachers, placing it with multi-agency units. Units which can collate information on families, and provision, directed services to holistically support families, and consequently schools.
Rutter, N., Riddle, S., & Bhatia, P. (2021). Managing violent behaviours in primary schools – A multi-agency risk assessment model. In Imagining Better Education: Conference Proceedings 2020 (137-150)