In care & in trouble

In care & in trouble

Children in residential care are 15 times more likely to be criminalised than other kids the same age. That can’t be right… Recently, the Howard League for Penal Reform has issued its first briefing on ending the criminalisation of children in residential...
Involving children in decisions

Involving children in decisions

Following our recent mini-series on handing disclosures, reader and social worker Ben Tomlinson shared the findings of his research into the involvement of children in decision-making. Here’s what he found… Over to you, Ben: Whilst on a placement in a long-term...
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....
The State of Foster Care

The State of Foster Care

I’m a passionate believer in the value of foster care. In fact I think it’s the Gold Standard for helping troubled kids who can’t live at home. So what sort of state is the nation’s fostering system currently in? So, how’s fostering...