If you hear somebody claiming mindfulness is a cure for everything then please be careful! Nevertheless there is a growing body of increasingly robust research which points towards tangible benefits both for young people and those who care for them. Check out the evidence-base for a sample of this research, but here is a summary of perceived benefits:
Mindfulness is often taught in the context of PSHE. It helps to develop a greater awareness of relationships and how to manage them (including difficult ones at home), as well as offering a richer understanding of things like self-esteem and optimism.
Mindfulness may help the young to self-regulate more effectively, manage impulsivity and reduce conflict and oppositional behaviour. It should not, however, be used as a disciplinary tool.
Mindfulness in schools is not just about children and young people; it is also very much about those who care for them. The benefits of mindfulness in the adult world are well-researched and the positive impact it can have on teachers, counsellors and carers is central to MiSP’s vision:
We would never claim that mindfulness works for all children and young people, but a significant finding from even the most robust research is that there seem to be very few negative impacts. Furthermore, we train teachers how to handle possible risks and insist that .b and Paws b are only taught within the safeguarding structure of a school. For an understanding of risk in mindfulness more broadly, read the Oxford Mindfulness Centre’s article: Is Mindfulness Safe?