The State of Foster Care

Fostering Network's 2016 report...

I’m a passionate believer in the value of foster care.

In fact I think it’s the Gold Standard for helping troubled kids who can’t live at home.

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So what sort of state is the nation’s fostering system currently in?

So, how’s fostering doing?…

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It’s not about the offending!

A new approach to youth justice...

This week the Youth Justice Board published it’s annual stats report.

There’s good news again – fewer kids in prison, and fewer in the system generally.

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But we still have a re-offending rate of 37.9% – pretty much the same as last year (and still a good bit higher than it was 10 years ago!)

Here’s how we might fix it…

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Small Great Things… (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016)

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Title:

Small Great Things

Subtitle:

N/A

Author:

Jodie Picoult

Review…

Opinion in short:

This isn’t a “work book” in the normal sense. But it’s a book that will certainly twist your dials and get you thinking. It’s a book about racism – but it rocks! It’s not technical or academic in the usual sense, but it has sooo much to say.

It’s a compelling story that tackles all the major issues…and then some. I read it in a couple of days over the holidays and loved it. Comparisons with “To Kill A Mockingbird” shouldn’t be made lightly. But they can be made here with some merit.

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The top 3 of 2016…

It’s the time of year for looking back, taking a break and getting ready for what’s to come in 2017.

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As part of my looking back I thought I’d share the top 3s from the website this year.

  • Top blog post
  • Most shared quote, and
  • My favourite read

Here goes…

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Teens Talk Tough Times (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2013)

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Title:

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Teens Talk Tough Times

Subtitle:

Stories About the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager

Author:

Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen – Edited by Amy Newmark

Review…

Opinion in short:

Star rating 3.5

This one left me in a quandary. It’s not a fun read by any stretch. But there’s something extremely poignant about it – almost shocking. As an adult it’s so easy to dismiss much of what teenagers go through. To look down on it – just a little bit.

This book will challenge that. There are some heart-warming stories of genuine joy and some that leave you cold with dread – at what can happen. ALL of them underline the sense that we look down on teenagers and their experiences at our peril…

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Training opportunity…

Harmful Sexual Behaviour – Changing the Way We See It…

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Photo courtesy of ©️NWG

Training with Jonny Matthew – sponsored by the National Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation

11th May 2017 – Derby

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Mindfulness for the Frazzled (Penguin Life, 2016)

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Title:

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Author:

Ruby Wax

Publisher:

Penguin Life

Review…

Opinion in short: An easy to read  beginners guide to a subject often made overly complex. Witty, practical, balanced and searingly honest. Fans of Ruby Wax won’t be disappointed!

Star rating 3.5

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