Involving children in decisions

Where we go wrong and how to do it better...

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.

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Here’s what he found…

Over to you, Ben:

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Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Keeping victim experiences central...

Before I left my specialist position working with harmful sexual behaviour full time, we’d dealt with over 800 cases.

That teaches you a thing or two about how the whole thing works!

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona (adapted)

One lesson that stands out…

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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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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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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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Top Tip for 2016

Hold on to your hats, we're off again!

Well, the festivities are over and we’re off the starting line for another year.

Knowing how hard you all work and what a tough job caring for troubled kids can be, I thought I’d make this first blog post about that…

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Ion Choisea (adapted)

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Ion Choisea (adapted)

Why your first job this year is you!

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