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....
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. They...

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...
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