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...
"Children" not "young people"

"Children" not "young people"

First impressions matter. So does the language we use. This is particularly the case in services dealing with troubled teenagers. Why “child” is better… Young people, particularly those who offend, cause all kinds of problems. For their family. For...
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....

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...