How to promote good mental health…

Life can be tough. Particularly for kids in the care system. The very fact of being in care means life has already been very tough! Aside of meeting children’s physical needs for a place to live, there are the huge needs that spring from family separation and a...

Young offenders as victims…

About 3 hours in to my first day in a youth justice team, one thing became clear. Most of these kids are victims too! So how do we address the victim needs of young people who offend? I was interviewed recently  as part of a new study. The research set out to scope...

The "macho culture" at work

Working with troubled children and young people is real work. It’s hard work. It takes its toll, if we’re not very careful. Photo courtesy of ©123rf/gstockstudio So we need our work place to be supportive, not macho… What exactly is a “macho...

Self-harm: boys do it too…

Anyone working with troubled young people for long enough will encounter self-harm. But, like anything that we think we know about, we need to challenge our own presumptions. What about boys and self-harm?… One of the myths about self-harm – perhaps the...

Why kids' brains really matter…

Every now and again something new comes along that changes things significantly. In my view, right now that thing is our new understanding of how brain function is affected by abuse. We now know that children who have suffered maltreatment in their early years, have a...