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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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/rangizzz (adapted)

So how can we best serve kids who disclose?…

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/alphaspirit (Adapted)

At times our work can feel overwhelming…

So how do we avoid being swamped?…

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Teaching teenagers about sexual consent:

If it's not "yes", it's "No"...

If you work with young people, the issue of sex is never far away.

Are they practicing safe sex? Do they understand consent? These are key issues.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Antonio Guillem (adapted)

Great new FREE video series…

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