Jean Barlow on Gentle Touch and Anti-Bullying

In this interview, we discuss the Cambridgeshire project, where children were taught gentle stroking touch techniques (and why the control group got accidentally taught as well!), how Jean uses a ‘rainbow of ribbons’ in her training to encourage tactile experiences and how that makes children feel inside.

Jean explains how these methods can be used as part of any anti-bullying strategies in schools and settings.
· October 29, 2021

Jean has had a career in teaching all ages and groups of children in mainstream, special education and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) hospital school for children with difficulties. She has worked for two local authorities as part of a team offering advice and support to staff and children.

She started her own business in 2008

She continues to offer training in “aChild2Child Kind and Caring Hands Programme” to nurseries, schools, educational settings and groups.

In 2012 Jean’s work in schools was the subject of a short video documentary by an American teacher, ‘Thea Blair: Calm Focused and Friendly. YouTube’

She currently works with Professor Francis McGlone of the Neuroscience Dept. at Liverpool’s John Moore University researching the impact of nurturing touch on children’s health and wellbeing.

She has also supported children and families using the ‘Heart 2 Heart’ programme which is a parent and child/ parent group, professionals’ facilitation programme that encourages self-esteem, emotional connection, soothing and relationship building.

During the pandemic Jean has concentrated on support through publishing articles, documents and supporting a mental health charity.

Jean is a member of and contributed to, the House of Commons All -Party Parliamentary Group report, “Wellbeing and Nurture: Physical and Emotional Security in Childhood”, which has raised concerns about the impact of the pandemic on children and provided practical guidance to schools and families to reduce feelings of isolation and insecurity.


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