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In the last 5 days I have been spat at, sworn at, screeched at, pushed and had a chair thrown at my head (succesful shot)

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activate Sat 11-Jun-11 09:31:54

and I should go back to work next week because?

3littlefrogs Sat 11-Jun-11 09:32:50

That sounds awful. sad.

Are you a teacher?

DontCallMePeanut Sat 11-Jun-11 09:33:12

Crikey... What do you do?

breadandhoney Sat 11-Jun-11 09:34:53

teacher or medical worker?

breadandhoney Sat 11-Jun-11 09:35:12

sounds dreadful by the way. No one should have to put up with that!

allhailtheaubergine Sat 11-Jun-11 09:35:25

You are either a teacher, a carer / nurse, or the mother of a 2 yr old.

duchesse Sat 11-Jun-11 09:35:27

Got to be teacher. Secondary at a guess, although these days you never know.

rainbowinthesky Sat 11-Jun-11 09:36:06

You must be a secondary teacher.

Goblinchild Sat 11-Jun-11 09:36:22

Parent, careworker or teacher.

duckdodgers Sat 11-Jun-11 09:37:05

You sound like a Psychiatric Nurse. That was an average day in the psychiatric acute admission ward for me - fair enough if it was true mental illness that caused people to be disturbed because they cant help it, but a lot of the time in my experience it wasnt.

ScarlettIsWalking Sat 11-Jun-11 09:37:09

Yes you must be a teacher sad

Oakmaiden Sat 11-Jun-11 09:37:52

Teaching Assistant. <nods wisely>

tallulahxhunny Sat 11-Jun-11 09:38:01

working in dss?

Goblinchild Sat 11-Jun-11 09:38:03

And if it is your job, you need to go back because someone has to do it.
I'd try and create some better strategies or preventions if possible, but sometimes all you can do is duck and count the bruises.

activate Sat 11-Jun-11 09:38:06

I am not a teacher or support worker but I work in an educational environment with teenagers who have behavioural, social and emotional difficulties - My job title has nothing to do with what I end up doing on a daily, and sometimes nightly, basis

I cannot be too specific due to confidentiality issues of course

but I am running out of steam

bigTillyMint Sat 11-Jun-11 09:38:34

Could be a reception teacher IME.

Goblinchild Sat 11-Jun-11 09:38:59

What's your team like?

activate Sat 11-Jun-11 09:39:47

hah at mother of a 2 year old grin

goblin - they are fabulous of course

mrsotter Sat 11-Jun-11 09:40:07

why are you making people guess?

I don't understand this thread. Either you want advice if you continue in your line of work, in which case you should state your line of work otherwise the thread is just a guessing game with no actual advice or you just want attention for what has happened to you hence the guessing game.

bigTillyMint Sat 11-Jun-11 09:40:08

It is very tiring working with SEBD children and I imagine teens are even worse.

Can you start looking for something else?

DontCallMePeanut Sat 11-Jun-11 09:40:15

For a minute there, I did wonder if you were Jeremy Kyle...

Have a great big <<unMNetty Hug>> Sounds like you need one.

Goblinchild Sat 11-Jun-11 09:41:06

A good team makes the difference between coping and breaking IMO.
Doesn't tethers work in PRU too? It's one of the toughest jobs going.

Lilyloo Sat 11-Jun-11 09:41:43

My sympathy , probably not on a great wage either. I did his kind of work with primary age children it is very tough i left after 3 years as had run out of steam. Still bear the physical scars today.

bigTillyMint Sat 11-Jun-11 09:45:44

Yes, you have to have skin like a rhino (literally) and obviously be part of a fantastic team. But I love my job, admittedly not with teens.

Oakmaiden Sat 11-Jun-11 09:45:58

I think the questions you really need to ask are: was this what you were expecting when you took the job? Do you enjoy your job? And are you supported by other staff members?

When I worked as a TA with children with BESD I used to be on the receiving end of all of the things you list. Although I did never have a chair hit my head, I have had to duck a fair few, and have been kicked or been hit by smaller things (books/pencils/sticks etc) several times.

And to a great extent I didn't mind - because I didn't take it personally and in general I loved my job. What I DID mind was that my management team made no effort to help deal with the issues (until it was one of them who got kicked - then the child was excluded).

I guess you need to question whether this is the right job for you, and if it is what your team can do to make life less anxious for you.

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