Defusing Skills for Young People, Teachers and Educators
Young people regularly face conflict with friends, family and people in authority and are often victims of antisocial behaviour. Many have difficulty managing conflict and confrontation; a simple misunderstanding can all too easily escalate to become destructive or violent.
For teachers, and others who work with young people, conflict and aggression can be daily occurrences. Young people who have challenging behaviours or parents with difficult personalities can make the role even harder.
At Dfuse, we train people to manage conflict and anti-social behaviour without their actions escalating into confrontation or violence. Our work in communities, the workplace and in schools – alongside police negotiators and communication specialists – makes us experts in this field. And this is where we share our skills with you.
New training dates available for Teachers and School Leaders
Defusing Skills for Young People
Dfuse has produced a series of resources for you to teach defusing skills to young people yourself. All of the materials assume no specialist knowledge of defusing as everything you need is provided. Using a mixture of videos, images, activities and discussions the resources provide interactive and engaging sessions to show young people how to manage conflict and aggression.
Over eight sessions develop an understanding of conflict, its consequences and defusing techniques. Using films, activities and discussions this resource is designed for young people with challenging behaviours and low communication ability. See more
Show that disagreements do not need to become confrontational and explore the consequences when they do. Using film, activities and discussions explore how different conflict scenarios can be defused before getting out of hand. See more
Explore the role of anger in conflict. Using images, activities and discussions explore: attitudes to conflict; how anger escalates a situation; how emotion affects the ability to communicate and what behaviours can defuse conflict. See more
Show the importance of listening to other people during conflict and teach simple skills to do this better. Includes a short film, activities and discussions. This free resource is taken from the eight session Defusing Conflict programme. See more
Defusing Skills for Teachers and Educators
Working with young people can be one of the most rewarding jobs, but, it comes with its challenges, and at some point it’s likely that you may be faced with conflict or aggression. Dfuse is here to help. We exist to equip you with the skills to handle such situations calmly, effectively, and above all – safely. Disagreements with colleagues, altercations between young people and conversations with forceful parents can easily escalate, resulting in anger and even physical assault. These tools have been tailored specifically with teachers and educators in mind, so you will know exactly how to handle a volatile situation before it gets out of hand.
Teachers, Senior Leaders, pastoral care leads, Deputy Heads – lead discussions with colleagues to explore shared approaches to defusing conflict and aggression and managing challenging behaviour. This toolkit provides all you need to facilitate two short CPD sessions. See more
Conflict can come from anywhere – from students, parents, colleagues or members of the local community – and with pressure on schools to perform it’s not going to get any easier! Hone your defusing skills and be put through your paces on a day with a Dfuse expert. See more
Defusing in Education in Action
Defusing skills for young people in youth justice
Look at the results of our pilot with young people in a Secure Training Centre and how our programme for young people with challenging behaviours or lifestyles has developed.
Defusing and Emergencies with Red Cross & Dfuse
Emergencies can bring out the best in people, but stresses can also lead to anger and tension. This Newsthink provides a Teaching Resource all about anger and defusing conflict.
What is the evidence for behaviour interventions?
The Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation have summarised the evidence for behaviour interventions. A moderate impact can be achieved for a moderate cost.