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In care & in trouble

In care & in trouble

Children in residential care are 15 times more likely to be criminalised than other kids the same age. That can't be right... Recently, the Howard League for Penal Reform has issued its first briefing on ending the criminalisation of children in...

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Teens and neglect

Teens and neglect

When we think of the teenage years we probably don't usually think of neglect. But here's the truth of it... Being a teenager can be a confusing time of life... Changes to body and mind Added pressures of school and exams Trying to find your way among...

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Attachment before behaviour

Attachment before behaviour

So many interventions with troubled kids focus on behaviour. And many of them don't work. Why is that?... It's because the sequencing is wrong. If a bricky tried building the walls of a house before digging the foundations, it wouldn't stand up for long. A...

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The state of youth custody in 2017

The state of youth custody in 2017

On the 18th July 2017 the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, published his annual report for the period 2016-17. Here's what it said... This report makes grim reading. Whilst there are some positives, they take some finding and the overall picture...

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"Children" not "young people"

"Children" not "young people"

First impressions matter. So does the language we use. This is particularly the case in services dealing with troubled teenagers. Why "child" is better... Young people, particularly those who offend, cause all kinds of problems. For their family. For the public. For...

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TRM-related books…

TRM-related books…

I've been training a lot on the Trauma Recovery Model recently and frequently get asked for further reading and pointers to good books... So I thought I'd put together a quick guide to some of the main ones so that folks can easily get through to them for...

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Involving children in decisions

Involving children in decisions

Following our recent mini-series on handing disclosures, reader and social worker Ben Tomlinson shared the findings of his research into the involvement of children in decision-making. Here’s what he found… Over to you, Ben: Whilst on a placement in a...

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Why we need professional youth work…

Why we need professional youth work…

I just got back from speaking to over 40 leaders in the youth work field. I was blown away. Here's why... The UK has seen massive cuts in funding to local authorities in recent years. Like other services, youth work has taken it's fair share of hits. Some...

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