Why finger-wagging doesn't work…

Worse than our shame at doing something wrong, is the knowledge that someone we care about is unhappy with us. This is the case with young people too. They know full well that they’ve done something they shouldn’t have. But they also know that we, and...

Foster care – agenda for change…

Today there are about 64,500 children being Looked After by local authorities in the United Kingdom. Some of these will be “in care” for short periods, whilst families push through their problems and the children can return home. For some, their stay in...

Myth-busting fostering & adoption…

I met a woman the other week. She approached a stall I was working on; we were trying to recruit foster carers. We talked briefly and I shared a little of my personal experience of fostering and adoption. She and her partner had been through the whole shooting match...

Kinship care: the abuse of grandparents?…

One day, Rose received a phone call from social services. They asked her a question. Could she look after her grandchildren as their mother was unsafe? “Yes,” she said, “of course!” Which grandparent wouldn’t? She became a “kinship...