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Event to focus on children's behaviour

PUBLISHED: 12:33 03 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:10 03 July 2010

CHILDREN'S behaviour will be the focus of a one-day event in Great Yarmouth on Friday.

The Inclusion and Behaviour Partnership, led by Norfolk County Council, is organising a conference to bring together all of the agencies working to support young people in the east of the county.

CHILDREN'S behaviour will be the focus of a one-day event in Great Yarmouth on Friday.

The Inclusion and Behaviour Partnership, led by Norfolk County Council, is organising a conference to bring together all of the agencies working to support young people in the east of the county.

The event, the first of its kind in the county, will see 200 delegates, including teachers, social workers, health workers and educational psychologists, join together to share information and advice on how to support young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The conference will take place at The Kings Centre and will include a range of workshops around children's mental health; parenting; the effect of domestic violence on children; autism and Aspergers syndrome; sex and relationships education and the impact of having a parent in prison.

The event will run from 9am to 5pm and will include a keynote speech at 1.20pm from Liza Lomax. Liza worked as a teacher and counsellor and specialises in attachment disorders and the impact of trauma on children.

Gill Buckley, Inclusion and Behaviour Partnership Manager, said: “Attachment disorders affect very many of the children and young people that we come across who have behavioural difficulties. These young people have difficulty forming relationships because of what has happened to them in the past and it is vital that we can understand this, address the causes and work to overcome these difficulties.

“This event gives all those in the partnership the opportunity to come together and share their knowledge and skills. We are committed to supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and ensuring they have access to the support they need to help them achieve.”

The Inclusion and Behaviour Partnership in the east of the county works with schools to raise educational attainment. It is a joint initiative between schools in the area and Norfolk County Council but links to many other agencies in east Norfolk.

Rosalie Monbiot, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for children's services, said: “This is a unique event aimed at bringing together a host of agencies to develop the ways in which we can support some of the county's most vulnerable children.

“We can only improve behaviour by looking at each individual child and understanding the reasons behind that behaviour. We can then offer the appropriate support and guidance.

“We are committed to raising the aspirations and achievement of all of Norfolk's children, particularly the most vulnerable, and the inclusion and behaviour partnership is making a real difference in supporting young people to stay in education and attend school more regularly.”

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