Book Review – Being Me (and loving it)

By Naomi Richards and Julia Hague

2016, Paperback / softback, 279.4mm x 216mm, 240pp, £16.99
ISBN: 978-1-84905-713-4  2016,

Ebook, ePUB, 240pp, £16.99
ISBN: 978-1-78450-236-2

This book is excellent for professionals working with individuals or groups, for teaching staff or parents.  It is easy to dip in and out of when needed, but good to read through as it equips the reader with lots of really useful information for dealing with virtually every scenario which could affect children and young people’s self esteem.

 

It is divided into sections covering various subjects, such as friendship and self-esteem issues including bullying and negativity from peers. Each section has an introduction, a case study and lesson plan including discussion points and exercises.  This enables to reader to address these issues with either an individual, group or whole class and spend time discussing and interacting with the young people to thoroughly investigate their feelings, and to educate them into acceptance, tolerance and support for their peers.

 

There are some issues, i.e. puberty and body image, which can be difficult to address as discussion about these subjects can cause a lot of embarrassment to young people.  This book gives the reader the tools to be able to raise these issues successfully, and to ensure that there will not be a negative follow up between the young people.  The subjects are dealt with in a matter of fact way, without being flippant about the things which worry children and young people the most.

 

I would recommend this book as an essential guide for anyone working with or living with children and young people, a very useful and well written book.

Val McFarlane

Director, Bullying Intervention Group.

We need to talk about pornography

Paper back A4, 255 pages ISBN 978-1-84905-620-5

Vanessa Rogers

 

Rogers has written an essential book that has a place in every school, youth service or care setting. PSHE needs updating in today’s digital world where access to pornography is two clicks away and SRE strangely omits emotional responses. Some children are not even offered the former and others are withdrawn by parents from the latter.  So teens often resort to friends, the internet and pornography itself for the information they need. Here is a sensitive guide to tackle current concerns from porn itself to relationship break-ups, body image, even why people have sex.

Rogers also usefully addresses supporting LGBT young people and those with additional needs. She gives structure and assurance to a teacher addressing these topics with clear advice and innovative ideas, within a clear legal and curriculum framework.

Lesson materials cover the three key skills required for effective learning, knowledge, attitudes and skills. Timely and much needed, this is a thoughtful answer to an urgent gap in education enabling young people to develop positive relationships and maintain emotional wellbeing.

Adrienne Katz, Author, CPD accredited trainer, Director Bullying Intervention Group and Youthworks Consulting.

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