Live Streaming

Live Streaming

This week the BBC reported on the latest online threat to children – live streaming. Here’s the deal… Live streaming is the ability to appear live on-screen for others to see you. This can be done on any internet enabled electronic device: phone,...
On handling disclosures – 4

On handling disclosures – 4

If you work with troubled children, sooner or later they’ll tell you what’s happened to them. So why do some children struggle to give a clear story of what took place?   Trauma and memory… A couple of years ago, I was first on the scene at a serious...
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...
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...

On handling disclosures – 3

Being trusted with a disclosure is a privilege. But it’s a responsibility too. So… What should we do when a disclosure begins?… We should listen. Don’t pass it on to someone else. The child chose you. So go with it, if you possibly can!...

On handling disclosures – 2

People often say to me that they’re not allowed to talk to kids about their abusive experiences. When children start to tell them something, they then have to put it all on hold and inform the social worker. Why “passing it on” is the wrong...