Working with children is something that I have very much enjoyed doing on and off for 9 years.
After graduating from University 14 years ago, I spent part of my time running my jewellery business and the other part of my time was spent working as a nanny with children aged 3-11 years of age.
Being a part-time nanny, allowed me to have enough time to work on my jewellery whilst also earning a little extra money to keep things stable financially.
At present, I find myself in slightly different circumstances.
Although I will not be pursuing anymore nanny jobs, I am considering coaching a young teenager in the next few days.
In a few hours, I am meeting her and her mum for an initial consultation, to see if she would feel comfortable enough opening up to me.
Here in the UK, when you work with vulnerable individuals, such as children, special needs adults or the elderly, you need to make sure you get a DBS done.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), is able to provide information about an individual as to whether or not he or she has a criminal conviction or has been charged with a criminal conviction which has expired. This provides the employer, which in my case is the mother of this girl, with peace of mind.
I haven’t actually applied for this yet as I will ask the mother how she feels about this.
Although I have never had a conviction in my life, it is still important to do things properly.
Coaching a young girl, who has just been through an abusive situation at home with her stepmom, is vulnerable territory.
Things have to be dealt with very carefully and I will have to refer her to a psychotherapist, if I see that her symptoms are serious. As a coach, I can only guide her with compassion and validation of her feelings but I can’t offer much more. Her mother has said that her daughter hasn’t found any of the counsellors at school helpful and that child services are happy that she will be talking to me, due to my background and focus of my business.
If I can help this young girl, I will be extremely grateful.
When I was that age, I had no idea that I was actually suffering from abuse. I thought my life was normal, even though I had no confidence and felt empty and unloved.
All children deserve a chance to be supported and have their feelings acknowledged. All children deserve to feel safe, loved and to feel happy.
Thanks for reading
Love Athina ♥
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