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...

On handling disclosures – 1

It’s pretty heavy stuff – the first time a child tells you something about their suffering. There’s a sense of trepidation and elation – all at once! So how can we best serve kids who disclose?… One of the commonest questions I get asked...

Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Before I left my specialist position working with harmful sexual behaviour full time, we’d dealt with over 800 cases. That teaches you a thing or two about how the whole thing works! One lesson that stands out… I’m just going to come right out and...

Emotional abuse

New research suggests that emotional abuse has similar consequences to other forms of maltreatment. So what is emotional abuse & what needs to be done? Here’s what Working Together says: emotional abuse is… [callout]The persistent emotional...