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TUC 2018

TUC 2018

TUC 2018

TUC Congress was held in Manchester this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first ever Congress which was held in Manchester – it was a very busy few days and the AEP was represented by Kate Fallon (General Secretary) Lisa O’Connor (President) and John Drewicz (Association Secretary).

The two motions submitted by the AEP were both debated on Wednesday morning – please see details below – motion 32 has certainly attracted a good deal of attention from TV, radio, print and social media! For examples of the social media please see Twitter @AEPsychologists and @Katefallonaep



Motion 32 Corporal punishment of children in England – carried by TUC September 12th 2018 

Received from Association of Educational Psychologists

Proposed by AEP Association Secretary John Drewicz (please see speech here)

Seconded by NEU

Congress notes the actions currently being taken by the Welsh government towards introducing legislation which will provide greater protection for children in Wales and a recent statement from the children’s minister in Wales (Huw Irranca-Davies) when he said: “Physically punishing a child is outdated, and is no longer acceptable in a modern, progressive Wales. This is why we are committed to removing the defence of reasonable punishment, which reinforces our longstanding commitment to children’s rights, based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

Congress further notes that the current UK government has not expressed any intention to take similar steps so as to give children in England the same protection as those planned in Wales.

Congress calls on the UK government to:

i. affirm its support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (of which it is a signatory)
ii. acknowledge that physical punishment can have negative long-term effects on a child’s development (and is ineffective as a punishment)
iii. express its intention to draft proposals for the removal of the defence of “reasonable punishment” in criminal law regarding the use of corporal punishment of children.

Association of Educational Psychologists   

Motion 33 A strategy for children and young people (CYP) – carried by TUC on Wednesday September 12th 2018 


Received from Association of Educational Psychologists

Proposed by President Lisa O’Connor (please see speech here)

Seconded by Prospect

Supported by UCU, GMB and NASUWT (NEU indicated that they wished to support but there wasn’t enough time!)

Congress notes with concern the recent report from the Children’s Commissioner outlining the large number of CYP who are living in circumstances that make them vulnerable to the negative impact of a range of adverse childhood experiences. All these adverse experiences can lead to immense stress for CYP – the impact of that stress is toxic for their healthy development and wellbeing, both short term and long term. Some of that stress could be alleviated if the impact of certain actions and policies was fully understood by all adults and taken into account when a wide range of decisions are being made.

Congress calls for:

i. a national debate across all our communities about all our children and young people and their basic needs – this should include developing a consensus about what core skills and experiences they need in order to thrive as they grow up but also in the future so that they develop successfully as active and fulfilled adults in our communities
ii. the government to publish a joined up strategy for CYP, which includes consideration of the outcomes of that debate, is guided by a growing body of research on the effects of early childhood experiences, promotes the overall holistic development and wellbeing of all CYP and ensures that all new government policies are assessed in terms of their impact upon CYP before agreeing to implement them.

Association of Educational Psychologists