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.

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

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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Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Keeping victim experiences central...

Before I left my specialist position working with harmful sexual behaviour full time, we’d dealt with over 800 cases.

That teaches you a thing or two about how the whole thing works!

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona (adapted)

One lesson that stands out…

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Children’s Residential Care – New Research…

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Image courtesy of ©Cardiff University

Cascade has published new research on children’s residential care in Wales.  Title:

RESIDENTIAL CARE IN WALES: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE PLACED IN RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS

Download the full report here.

What makes a good trainer? 2

How to be better...

Ever been on training and wished you were somewhere else?  Me too.

In our last blog on this subject, we looked at what it is about the trainer themselves that makes us like them.

Sketch - What makes a good trainer 2

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Today, I want to look a bit more at what it is that trainers do, that makes them good.

6 things that good trainers do…

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Celebrating Prevention

Finding satisfaction in what doesn't happen...

My first job was as an apprentice mechanic in a garage. I loved it!

At the end of each day I could add up the customer bills and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing I’d earned my keep. I knew what I’d produced.

Sketch - Celebrating Prevention

Working with troubled kids isn’t like that.

So how do we know we helped?…

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Why foster carers deserve more respect

And how the rest of us can give it...

Three quarters of children in the Looked After system are living with foster parents.

Foster carers provide this country with an unequalled service.

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Alena Yakusheva (adapted)

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Alena Yakusheva (adapted)

So why are foster carers not more respected?

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How to avoid being overwhelmed

Letting ourselves off the hook...

A colleague said to me recently, “we have a massive job to do, here!”

He was talking about how challenging it is helping some very troubled young people to engage with services and start making progress.

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/alphaspirit (Adapted)

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/alphaspirit (Adapted)

At times our work can feel overwhelming…

So how do we avoid being swamped?…

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