After care

After care

Looked After children or those on a Care Order have access to after care. So why not young people on criminal court orders? Why YOT kids may need aftercare… Despite the valiant efforts of those working to prevent young people from offending, it happens. Some...
Youth Custody

Youth Custody

The last two weeks have seen a couple of developments in the youth justice field. Both have suggested a change in the way we do custody for children. So, where next for youth custody?… The two developments I mentioned are the YJB stats report for December 2015...

For the love of statistics!

In my view, agency (& government) obsession with data-gathering has gone too far. The method is wrong, the emphasis is wrong, the outcomes are wrong. So what’s to be done? How numbers are replacing people… I’m a believer that stats can help....

Family Contact for LAC Children

Do I believe in human rights? Absolutely. Do I believe in parents’ rights when their kids are in care? Absolutely. But… Are there times when parents’ rights should be limited and contact should stop? I believe there are. Here’s why… I...

Why punishment doesn't work…

It’s all about behaviour, right? Think about it, most of us spend our time dealing with the things troubled children and young people do. I want to unpick this a little, because I think we might be barking up the wrong tree… So how should we understand the...

Austerity – The Impact on Child Protection

Since 2008 the western world has been in financial trouble. And most of us have been affected by it in some way. Those working with disadvantaged and vulnerable people are seeing this first hand… Worryingly, child protection is a case in point… (Watch the...