The State of Youth Custody…

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Image courtesy of ©NAYJ (adapted)

The National Association for Youth Justice have published this important briefing by Dr Tim Bateman.

It’s a great summary of the current state of affairs & suggests a radical solution…

Download it here or click the image above.  Enjoy!

How To Win Friends & Influence People… (Vermilion, New Ed. 2006)

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Image courtesy of ©Vermillion


How to Win Friends and Influence People


Dale Carnegie




Opinion in short:

Star rating 5


I first read this book when I was about 18 or 19 years old. It really twisted my dials and got me thinking back then. Just finished another run through and it’s just as impactive today. If you want to connect with people better – don’t hesitate, just buy it. It’s a blinder and an absolute bargain at around £6. The audio book, though more pricey, is very well narrated and easy to listen to.

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SCYJ Monthly bulletin…

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Image courtesy of ©SCYJ

The Standing Committee for Youth Justice has published its monthly bulletin.

Crammed packed full of all the latest news!

Get it here or click the image above. Enjoy!

On handling disclosures – 2

Respecting children's choices...

People often say to me that they’re not allowed to talk to kids about their abusive experiences.

When children start to tell them something, they then have to put it all on hold and inform the social worker.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/firina (adapted)

Why “passing it on” is the wrong approach…

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On handling disclosures – 1

The privilege of being chosen...

It’s pretty heavy stuff – the first time a child tells you something about their suffering.

There’s a sense of trepidation and elation – all at once!

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So how can we best serve kids who disclose?…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences & Mental Health – New Report…

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Image courtesy of ©Young Minds

This week, Young Minds has published it’s latest report: Beyond Adversity – Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young People Who Face Complexity & Adversity in Their Lives.

Download it free here.

(Psst! Contains loads of brilliant web links to other information!  ;0)

Barnardo’s Publishes its Inquiry into HSB…

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Image courtesy of ©Barnardo’s

Today, Barnardo’s has published it’s parliamentary inquiry into harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people.

Download it for free here.


Keeping good records

More than covering our backs...

I once spent two and a half hours giving evidence on a case in front of a care council hearing.

It was heavy duty stuff – thorough, lengthy and stressful.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Joerg Hackemann (adapted)

If I needed any reminder, it certainly drove home the importance of good recording…

Why recording matters…

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