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.

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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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Rock star colleagues

2 characteristics of talented helpers...

In training this week we had a fascinating discussion about what it is that best helps troubled young people.

More specifically, what is it about those people who are particularly good at it, that makes them stand out?

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Two key features of rock star colleagues…

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For the love of statistics!

How data-gathering undermines the work...

In my view, agency (& government) obsession with data-gathering has gone too far.

The method is wrong, the emphasis is wrong, the outcomes are wrong. So what’s to be done?

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/sellingpix (adapted)

How numbers are replacing people…

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Believing is seeing…

Are you biased by what other people think?

Image courtesy of ©123rf/Oleg Kalina (adapted)

Image courtesy of ©123rf/Oleg Kalina (adapted)

Working with troubled children – or anyone else for that matter – demands objectivity.

Rumour, hearsay, reputations or second hand opinions have no place in our working world.

So what is bias and how do we avoid it?…

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