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Raising an infant, child and teenager can be an overwhelming task. Although babies may look straight forward, infants require a significant level of attention and care in order to grow up into a healthy person. On top of the day-to-day needs that young infants and children have, each child has their own unique personality. It is the parent’s task to work with and support each child, and the unique personality of that child, to develop appropriate behaviours and social skills, learn life skills, and create healthy relationships. Although parenting can be difficult at times, many parents report that raising their child(ren) was the most rewarding aspect of their adult life.

However, parents do not have all the answers. Sometimes their own childhood experiences have left them with confused understanding of some parenting areas (i.e. growing up in a volatile home, living through a difficult divorce, having ill or unavailable parents, living with addiction, etc). Sometimes parents are simply facing issues with their child that they do not know how to handle; a toddler who refuses to be toilet trained or go to bed, a teen who gets bullied during an extra curricular club, a son or daughter who refuses to attend School.  In many cases these issues can be often resolved with the right guidance and support.


Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD)

Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) is a collective term to describe a range of complex and chronic difficulties experienced by many children and young people.

The special education needs (SEN) code of practice describes BESD as a learning difficulty where children and young people demonstrate features of emotional and behavioural difficulties such as:

Being withdrawn or isolated

Being hyperactive, impulsive and lacking concentration

Having immature social skills

Displaying a disruptive and disturbing nature

Presenting challenging behaviours arising from other complex special needs

BESD covers a wide range of special educational needs. This includes children and young people with emotional disorders and conduct disorders/hyper-kinetic disorders - including attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

BESD also covers children and young people whose behavioural difficulties may be less obvious. For example - those with anxiety, who self-harm, have school phobia or depression and those whose behaviour or emotional well-being are seen to be deteriorating.

Harmony has significant experience in working with children and young people in this area. They are skilled in identifying and acting upon the needs of their client(s).


Home Schooling

Home schooling is when you choose to educate your child at home. It is legal within the UK and you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to do so.

Children who are home schooled receive all their education from their parents or carers, sometimes with the help of outside tutors or other advisory bodies. If you decide to home school your child you don't have to follow formal rules about how you teach or when you teach. You also don’t have to cover the National Curriculum although many parents choose to do so as a guide.

People choose to home educate for a variety of reasons – Some may have philosophical or religious reasons for this or they may have been home educated themselves. However, more commonly a child may start off in school but later be taken out and home schooled. The reasons for this are numerous - a child may have special needs, be unhappy at school or the parent may simply want to given opportunities different from those mainstream ones. Sometimes parents feel that the methods of teaching in school aren't right for their child and that they want to provide a better education for them within the home environment.

In the current climate, many parents opt to home school their child if they cannot get into the school that was their first choice. In this case this is often a temporary solution whilst an appeal is made to the Local Education Authority.