I am the author of Freddie Learns to Behave. A book that is going to be published by Austin Macauley UK in 2020. The book is aimed for 7 to 9 years old in mind and will be addressing behaviour in the home, positive family relationships, respect for both family and law and order. The key theme is to address domestic abuse without mentioning those two words but "sibling rivalry" has been used as a method for children to relate to.
This book (the first in the series) will be more than just a reading book and will also provide safeguarding material for teachers through lesson plans and guidance in the classroom. In addition, children can interact with key characters through colouring, worksheets to complete on their thoughts and feelings and useful contact details to further provide early intervention. To date I have secured the assistance of the NSPCC to include in the book as a signposting measure. I am currently waiting to receive clarification from Barnardos.
Freddie Learns to Behave has been created as part of the educational side of The Believe Foundation, a Foundation that will in due course assist victims of domestic abuse, from females to males as well as young people. By providing a book(s) such as mine it will reach out to children to prevent learned behaviour or provide early intervention through the education system.
As mentioned the book will be published next year, 2020. During September I have arranged to meet with primary schools and their classes through a workshop to assist me in making changes with the book and addressing the safeguarding with the teachers. I will then come back and put the changes in place and once that has been completed I will submit the manuscript to the PSHE Association for the application of the Quality Mark (accreditation) that will enable me in the long term to provide to the education system in England and Wales.
To date I have provided a large amount of my own personal funding to this project but I will require assistance towards the application to the PSHE (£1,500) and the remainder of the fees in getting this book published - which is still being paid from my own funds.
To date this has been a personal project and therefore I have not required a team to this point. I have just returned from a holiday in New York and Washington and purely by chance met with educators who very much like the work that I am doing and can see it moving forward. They believe, as I do, that this is very much needed.