Exclusive: Refusing to touch pupils is a form of child abuse, psychologists say

Teachers who avoid physical contact with pupils could be causing them harm, according to members of the British Psychological Society

Refusing to touch pupils during day-to-day classroom interactions is a form of child abuse, psychologists have said.


Members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) have said that teachers who do not touch children when they are happy, upset or worried could cause harm, hampering pupils’ development.


“What’s missing is a recognition of how important touch is,” said child psychologist Sean Cameron. “And that withholding touch is, in itself, a form of psychological abuse.”


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