“ONE RECURRING THEME ACROSS ALL MY STUDIES was that schools are not just places of education but very often, especially in small communities, a hub of their communities. Communities look to schools as places of support and at principals and teachers as people who know what to do (even if that is not how they see themselves).
While each crisis context is new, there are some things we can learn from other on-going and post-disaster contexts. I have tried to provide advice for schools following any crisis based on my research in multiple disasters.”
-Professor Carol Mutch, Education Commissioner for UNESCO New Zealand and researcher in disaster response and recovery at the University of Auckland
Family violence and child abuse
Post trauma, the importance of pastoral care becomes more pronounced. COVID-19 has been trying for most of us, but more so for some. Domestic abuse and all forms of family harm have increased, and witnessing or overhearing it happening to someone in their bubble, or being on the receiving end, can have life-long impacts. This advice is based on Briar O’Connor’s PhD research into school’s application of the Children’s Act.