How to avoid being overwhelmed

How to avoid being overwhelmed

A colleague said to me recently, “we have a massive job to do, here!” He was talking about how challenging it is helping some very troubled young people to engage with services and start making progress. At times our work can feel overwhelming… So...

Secure care

My few years working in secure residential child care was probably the steepest learning curve of my career to date. It is a unique hot-house of challenge and delights. So how can we do it better? There are lessons here for everybody… In no other work setting...

Top Tip for 2016

Well, the festivities are over and we’re off the starting line for another year. Knowing how hard you all work and what a tough job caring for troubled kids can be, I thought I’d make this first blog post about that… Why your first job this year is...
Clinical supervision

Clinical supervision

Even when management supervision is good, it’s NOT enough. I know from bitter personal experience how important clinical supervision is. What is clinical supervision & why do we need it?… Burnout is a real risk for anyone working with troubled...

Beating burnout!

In 2006 I burned out. Hit the wall. I’m not sure where my head went, but it went! The reason? The work. Dealing with sexual abuse all day, everyday. Pressure, responsibility, volume, seriousness, risk, concern… All of it. I just ran out of steam. The...