Considerations

Question: What should you consider if approached informally by a student for support?

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A student approaching a staff member informally in the classroom.

Question: What should you consider if approached informally by a student for support?

Answer: Always consider ...

  • How long can I give this student?
  • Is the setting we are currently in, an appropriate place to have a conversation, which may be deeply private and/or distressing?

The answers to these questions will inform what you can safely offer the student in a help-seeking moment.

The key principle here is one of balance.

Balanced scales. On one side the word ‘urgency’ and on the other ‘time that can be offered’ and ‘current environment’.