Celebrating Prevention

My first job was as an apprentice mechanic in a garage. I loved it! At the end of each day I could add up the customer bills and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing I’d earned my keep. I knew what I’d produced. Working with troubled kids isn’t like...
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...

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...

Resisting the pull of work…

Summertime is here – despite the rubbish weather! The kids are out of school and it’s time for a breather. A rest… But taking a break isn’t always easy, is it? Here’s why we should rest & some ideas how… Despite it the fact...

The "macho culture" at work

Working with troubled children and young people is real work. It’s hard work. It takes its toll, if we’re not very careful. Photo courtesy of ©123rf/gstockstudio So we need our work place to be supportive, not macho… What exactly is a “macho...