Believing is seeing…

Are you biased by what other people think?

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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…

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

Why your first job this year is you!

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Nature or nurture? Finding balance…

At family gatherings, in the pub, chatting with friends – sooner or later it’ll come up: are we the product of nature of nurture?

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/pixelbliss (adapted)

We all have a tendency towards one or the other. But do we really have to choose?

How to re-balance the nature/nurture equation…

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3 top tips for staying effective…

What advice would you give to someone just starting their career with troubled young people?

Mmm. Not easy is it?!

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/alexwhite (adapted)

I was asked this recently and was surprised by my own conclusions…

My 3 top tips for doing a fab job with children and young people…

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Introducing the TRM website…

I’m delighted to introduce you to a new website – 

Myself and my colleague, Dr Tricia Skuse, have finally set up an online place for our model, The TRM.

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For those of you who work with troubled young people, in whatever field, this is for you…

To visit the site click here. There’s space for you to enter your email if you want to subscribe for future updates.


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Peer supervision – 5 great gains…

“Two minds are better than one,” – so the saying goes. Peer supervision is one way of making this truth operational.

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Discussing a case with colleagues in an open and reflective way can yield untold dividends for us and the young people we work with.

But what does it take to put this into practice?

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Working with harmful sexual behaviour – 2 essential staff support strategies…

Anyone working with troubled young people faces challenges. Such is the nature of the job.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Sandocir

This is particularly the case, in my view, when working with troubled sexual behaviour. Managers and organisations have a duty of care for staff in this field.

So what do staff need?…

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Harmful sexual behaviour work – some resources…

No-one leaves school wanting to work with sex offenders! Obviously.

But some of us end up there. That’s what happened to me.

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Image courtesy of ©Barnardo’s

So I thought I would share a few of the resources I’ve come across during my years working with harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people…

Useful resources for HSB work…

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