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Beyond nurture groups to 'nurturing approaches': a preliminary investigation of the Heddlu Bach (Mini Police) scheme in Welsh Primary Schools

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posted on 2022-10-25, 11:11 authored by Susan Davis, Alex McInch, David Egan

The concept of nurture establishes the importance of supporting children’s social and emotional skills,

wellbeing and behaviour. As such, a Welsh Police Force implemented the Heddlu Bach (Mini Police) scheme

in three Welsh Primary schools in the 2017-18 academic year. Using an evaluation research design, three

focus groups were undertaken in each of the three schools with pupils that were involved in the scheme.

Supplementary methods included semi-structured interviews with other stakeholders (teachers, teaching

assistants, police community support officers), as well as documentary evidence in the form of pupil/school

biographical information. The results reveal that the scheme developed children’s aspirations, resilience, and

self-esteem/self-worth. The children were engaged and immersed in their mini police ‘duties’ and this resulted

in a positive view of both their own abilities, the police and police work. This engagement was set against

a backdrop of communities within areas of social and economic disadvantage, and where the police are

often viewed adversely. By being part of the scheme, the children gained a range of transferable skills and

attributes. Wider benefits were also evident with whole family/community/school engagement and curriculum

aspects relating to personal and social development, nurture, citizenship and environmental issues.


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The International Journal of Nurture in Education


Nurture UK


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Davis, S., McInch, A. and Egan, D. (2020) 'Beyond nurture groups to 'nurturing approaches': A preliminary investigation of the Heddlu Bach (Mini Police) scheme in Welsh Primary Schools', The International Journal of Nurture in Education, 6, pp.25-33

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