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,...
A wish list from foster care

A wish list from foster care

What do foster carers want? After responding in-depth to a previous post, I asked Melody Barrow to write her wish list – the things that she and her fellow foster carers want to say to other professionals, particularly to social workers. Get the audio versions...
Parenting

Parenting

Not many YOTs have parenting workers these days. This is unfortunate. So I asked my friend and parenting expert Kelly Cox to summarise why parenting work has a place in youth offending teams. Here’s what she said… Why is Parenting important within Youth...
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...
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...