goes live!

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After weeks of work, it’s finally ready!

Click on the photo on the left to go through to the home page. Or read on for some more info on what it’s all about.

The purpose of this site is…

Promoting recovery for troubled young people…

Are you a:

  • Social worker, YOS worker or probation officer?
  • Foster carer or adoptive parent?
  • Youth worker or children’s charity employee?
  • CAMHS professional or other health worker?
  • Do you work in residential childcare, in a YOI or STC?
  • Maybe you just have an interest, personal or professional, in helping troubled young people to recover?

Then this site will have something for you!

What has to offer…

Like many of you, I’ve been working with troubled young people in one setting or another for years. 30 years actually. And I love it. It’s my passion.

The 3 main aims I have for this site are to:

1.  Provide information – for professionals and others working (or living!) with troubled youth. Including: news items, inquiry reports, latest research, new resources, training opportunities – you get the idea!

2.  Offer instruction – not just from me, but also for others (maybe you?) to contribute their own specialist knowledge and skills through the comments process and guest blog posts

3.  Inspire – I want to encourage like-minded people to keep going in the challenging task of working with and caring for trouble children and young people

How will this happen?

There are 3 main ways in which I hope to achieve these aims:

  • Blog posts – I will post short written pieces twice a week. They will be brief, easy to read, practical, instructive and contain links to other places you might like to explore. See this week’s post as an example.
  • Resources – currently there are resources on attachment and harmful sexual behaviour. It’s just a start. We will add to this list over time. Please let me know of any you think should be included.
  • Book reviews – I  am a committed (if not a little obsessive) reader! When I read good stuff or I get asked to review things, I will post these in the books section or add them to the resources section.

SUBSCRIBE to get the full benefit of the site…

Just enter your name and email in the boxes on the righthand side of the home page and I’ll make sure you get new posts as soon as they’re done – this will be a maximum of twice a week to start with. You can unsubscribe at any time.

  • Privacy guarantee: I will never share your details with anyone! Ever.

Please comment at the end of posts…

There is room for you to comment at the end of every post. Please use this facility as I’d love to hear your views, questions or suggestions.

You can also “Like” on Facebook and “Follow” on Twitter

There are sharing icons in every post too, and follow icons on the front page, so please pass these on for others to benefit.

Let me know what you think – click here and scroll down to leave a comment…


© Jonny Matthew 2013 – Soli Deo Gloria!


Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • April May

    looks great Jonny – well done

    • Thanks April May, glad you like it – all tips for improvement gratefully received!

  • John Lewindon

    Great site. Am already letting my contacts in the Independent fostering sector know about the blog.
    Keep in touch!

    • Great, thanks John! I’ve had a long and fruitful connection with TACT and done lots of training for them over the years – I particularly enjoy training with foster carers. The main areas have been sexual abuse awareness raising and sexual behaviour in prepubescent children. More recently we’ve looked at the neurological impact of maltreatment and where challenging behaviour comes from, etc. Interesting stuff. Anyway, I’m waffling now. Thanks again for the feedback!