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The Expanding Worlds Podcast

May 15, 2017

Ian is an ex-police officer who dealt with incidents where young people with additional needs were involved.  He saw how a lack of understanding on both sides could often turn difficult situations into highly stressful experiences for everyone.

Sometimes figures of authority lack experience in dealing with people with additional needs.  Similarly, people with additional needs lack experience dealing with people in authority.  This can be a huge problem in testing situations, when tensions are high.

The answer, according to Ian, is education on both sides.  He talks about how important it is for a young person or their parents/carers to explain why they are behaving in a particular way.  He provides advice on how to get rid of the unease, and sometimes even fear, that young people with additional needs have of anyone in authority.  Ian also gives tactics you can use to make future encounters with anyone in authority a positive experience for everyone. 

Ian speaks from experience.  He was a police officer of 34 years of standing and has experience with the UK Border Agency.  He is also a parent to a child with additional needs.  He reminds us that if our young people need help in the future, it might well be the police they turn to.  If they fear the police, then their request for help might not be received quite so well.

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