In care & in trouble

In care & in trouble

Children in residential care are 15 times more likely to be criminalised than other kids the same age. That can’t be right… Recently, the Howard League for Penal Reform has issued its first briefing on ending the criminalisation of children in residential...
"Children" not "young people"

"Children" not "young people"

First impressions matter. So does the language we use. This is particularly the case in services dealing with troubled teenagers. Why “child” is better… Young people, particularly those who offend, cause all kinds of problems. For their family. For...
Involving children in decisions

Involving children in decisions

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. Here’s what he found… Over to you, Ben: Whilst on a placement in a long-term...
Why we need professional youth work…

Why we need professional youth work…

I just got back from speaking to over 40 leaders in the youth work field. I was blown away. Here’s why… The UK has seen massive cuts in funding to local authorities in recent years. Like other services, youth work has taken it’s fair share of hits....

Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

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! One lesson that stands out… I’m just going to come right out and...