RNRA Conference & Examples of good practice

Renfrewshire’s Nurture Conference 2024

The RNRA Steering Group are delighted to be hosting our second Nurture Conference on 17th May at the Tweedie Hall. The focus for this year’s conference is to gain insight into and share good practice for supporting children and young people with distressed behaviour in a nurturing context.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Victoria Baker, Lecturer in Gender-based Violence, Department of Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Baker will speak about her research into adolescent to parent violence, capturing young people’s voices and gaining new insights and learning about the way that young people understand their distressed and distressing behaviour, the impact it has on their own lives as well as those around them, and possible routes for prevention and change. These include the importance of relationships and relationship based approaches, such as, Non Violent Resistance (NVR) which emphasises connection, repair, adult presence and responding to distressed and distressing behaviour.

Renfrewshire colleagues from all sectors will showcase how RNRA and NVR approaches link and how they have used NVR, and Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) in the early years, to support children and young people, parents and staff where distressed behaviour manifests as aggression and violence towards adults. We will hear about the impact of NVR from children and parents/carers directly, from the Educational Psychology Service about the development and impact of NVR across the Authority, and the Family Wellbeing Team and Families First will- speak about their use of NVR.

Renfrewshire employees can sign up through CPD manager (Course ID 86220), deadline for sign up is 3/5/24.

There is a cost of £30 per place, tea & coffee and lunch will be provided.

Renfrewshire’s Nurture Conference 2023

On 19th May 2023, the RNRA Steering Group hosted our first Nurture Conference, celebrating and sharing the excellent nurturing relationships practice within our establishments. This event was attended by almost 200 delegates from across Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

RNRA through the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Michelle Goodwin from Hillview ELCC tells us how their approach to RNRA adapted to meet the needs of the children, families and staff as they changed with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Behaviour is Communication

  • Jennifer Gibney, Principal Teacher Barsail Primary, talks about implementing the nurture principle ‘all behaviour is communication’.
  • Barsail Primary have also produced this great video which explores their relationships policy:

Transitions are Important in Young People’s Lives

  • Lynsey O’Neill, Principal Teacher Renfrew High School, talks about implementing the nurture principle ‘transitions are important in young people’s lives’ (video in 3 parts).

Language is a Vital means of Communication

  • Victoria (acting senior) from Glendee ElCC, talks about how they have implemented the nurture principle ‘language is a vital means of communication’
  • Jillian McPherson, Depute Head from Houtson Primary, tells us about some of the changes they have implemented through a number of nurture principles including ‘Language is a vital means of communication’.
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