Empathy 1 – what it isn’t…

Empathy 1 – what it isn’t…

I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy recently – I reckon it’s crucial for the therapeutic relationship and for engaging with troubled kids generally. What empathy isn’t… In our quest to discover empathy, maybe we should start with what...
To breach or not to breach?

To breach or not to breach?

A young person isn’t doing what their court order requires. So do we breach them or not? This is a question I get asked quite a lot. It’s a really good one, because it cuts to the heart of what youth justice is all about:                             How do...
The Ultimate Resolution

The Ultimate Resolution

I’ve never been one for resolutions, really… …but there is one I’d like to encourage everyone to make.   The ultimate resolution… I do like the sense of starting fresh that comes with the start of a new year. But I’ve never really...
Live Streaming

Live Streaming

This week the BBC reported on the latest online threat to children – live streaming. Here’s the deal… Live streaming is the ability to appear live on-screen for others to see you. This can be done on any internet enabled electronic device: phone,...
A wish list from foster care

A wish list from foster care

What do foster carers want? After responding in-depth to a previous post, I asked Melody Barrow to write her wish list – the things that she and her fellow foster carers want to say to other professionals, particularly to social workers. Here’s what she...
Parenting

Parenting

Not many YOTs have parenting workers these days. This is unfortunate. So I asked my friend and parenting expert Kelly Cox to summarise why parenting work has a place in youth offending teams. Here’s what she said… Why is Parenting important within Youth...