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...
Teens and neglect

Teens and neglect

When we think of the teenage years we probably don’t usually think of neglect. But here’s the truth of it… Being a teenager can be a confusing time of life… Changes to body and mind Added pressures of school and exams Trying to find your way...
Attachment before behaviour

Attachment before behaviour

So many interventions with troubled kids focus on behaviour. And many of them don’t work. Why is that?… It’s because the sequencing is wrong. If a bricky tried building the walls of a house before digging the foundations, it wouldn’t stand up...
The state of youth custody in 2017

The state of youth custody in 2017

On the 18th July 2017 the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, published his annual report for the period 2016-17. Here’s what it said… Get the audio versions of my newer posts on ‘Jonny 24/7’ – here… This report makes grim...
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