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...
Youth Custody

Youth Custody

The last two weeks have seen a couple of developments in the youth justice field. Both have suggested a change in the way we do custody for children. So, where next for youth custody?… The two developments I mentioned are the YJB stats report for December 2015...

For the love of statistics!

In my view, agency (& government) obsession with data-gathering has gone too far. The method is wrong, the emphasis is wrong, the outcomes are wrong. So what’s to be done? How numbers are replacing people… I’m a believer that stats can help....

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...
Gang members: hidden victims?…

Gang members: hidden victims?…

Gangs are a bit scary. Kids in gangs certainly don’t look like victims. In fact the word “gang” itself evokes images of violent young people, up to no good and creating victims of crime. We know there’s more to it than that. For instance gang...