The goodenoughcaring Journal


This is the online publication for all those interested in the way children grow up and how they are nurtured. It welcomes contributions from parents, foster parents, residential child care workers in children’s homes, day care workers,  social workers, teachers, youth workers, youth mentors, child therapists, social pedadogues, and educateurs,  and all people who reflect on their own upbringing.

The  goodenoughcaring Journal  which is electronically archived at the British Library is not an academic publication though academic submissions are welcomed and considered for publication alongside all other submissions.

The members of the editorial group are Cynthia Cross, Evelyn Daniel, Siobain Degregorio, Jeremy Millar, Jane Kenny, Ariola Vishnja, Mark Smith, John Stein and Charles Sharpe.

To submit an article for publication or to discuss an idea for an article contact the editorial group at goodenoughcaring@icloud.com


Fresh out of the stove comes the piping hot issue 14 of the goodenoughcaring Journal

It's out ! It's hot! We hope it's to your taste. In this issue Luci Ashbourne asks how we can understand the organisational re-enactment of traumatised children and young people. Kevin Ball feels quality in residential child care can be enhanced by an effective Regulation 33 visitor and John Burton writes about compliance and abuse in care settings. Cynthia Cross suggests Donald Winnicott remains relevant to residential child care, while John Fallowfield cites Donald Winnicott among others in his penetrating essay about child development and observation in social work. Joel Kanter explores new ground in his explication of Clare’s and Donald’s notion of the social worker/therapist as 'transitional participant' when in relationship with children traumatised by dislocation. Kiaras Gharabaghi commits to the necessity of giving those whose work is to look after troubled children an education worthy of their profession. Patrick Tomlinson uses Winnicott’s game "The Squiggle' to develop his unique thinking about communicating with traumatised children, and Charles Sharpe mines into Clare Winnicott's interview with Alan Cohen, and the writings of others to excavate the gems she has to offer residential child care. Jeanne Warren’s article comments on the Scottish philosopher, (and contemporary of the Winnicotts) John Macmurray’s and the American educationalist, Nel Nodding’s ideas about the importance of relationships in the education of children. Charlotte Witheridge writes about the application of psychodynamic thinking to residential work with children and Mark Smith questions the application of the psychodynamic thinking to residential work with children.

Bob Royston adds to our series of childhood memoirs, in a poignant account of the time he spent living in a ‘country club’ when he was a boy. John Stein remembers Richard T. Cass, the first social worker he ever met. Sara Kirkwood gives a touching account of children's experiences of foster respite care in a Scottish hutting community. We round things off with an article from a magazine conducted by Charles Dickens. The article “The Girl from the Workhouse” might lead us to think that some things never change. Yet it also tells us that some things do.

Issue 15 of the next issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal will be published online on June 15th, 2014.


 CONTENTS



EDITORIAL 14 “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela, 2007 The Editors December 18 2013
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The Trauma of Dislocation and the Transitional Participant Joel Kanter December 18 2013
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Winnicott and Residential Work Cynthia Cross December 18 2013
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The application of psychodynamic thinking in a residential setting for children Charlotte Witheridge December 18 2013
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Not entirely good enough : thoughts on the psychodynamic approach to residential child care Mark Smith December 18 2013
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Comment on 'The caring relation in teaching' Jeanne Warren December 18 2013
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An Education Worthy of Child and Youth Care Practice Kiaras Gharabaghi December 18 2013
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Communicating with Traumatised children Patrick Tomlinson December 18 2013
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Foster Respite Care within a Traditional Scottish Hutting Community Sara Jane Kirkwood December 18 2013
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Living at the Club Robert Royston December 18 2013
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Understanding child development and child observation in social work practice John Fallowfield December 18 2013
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Regulation 33 : Quality assuring practice in children's homes Kevin Ball December 18 2013
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How do we Understand and Work with Organisational Re-Enactment of Children and Young Adults Traumatised Backgrounds? Luci Ashbourne December 18 2013
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Compliance and abuse in care homes John Burton December 18 2013
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Richard T. Cass Social Worker : What I Learned from Him John Stein December 18 2013
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Acceptance is not a passive thing : a consideration of some aspects of Clare Winnicott’s influence on residential child care Charles Sharpe December 18 2013
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The girl from the workhouse Charles Dickens December 18 2013
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EDITORIAL 13 : I'm not like everybody else The Editors 15 June 2013
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Candles and Care : some photographic reflections on a study visit to Denmark by Scottish care leavers Julieann Arthur, Alex Horne, Alastair Jamieson, Murray Mckinnon & Jeremy Millar 15 June 2013
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Not Just a Job John Burton 15 June 2013
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Care Leavers and the Criminal Justice System : a sorry state of affairs… Darren Coyne 15 June 2013
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Then and Now John Stein 15 June 2013
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The Influence of Chance and Luck in childhood Roger Lewis 15 June 2013
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Such, Such Were The Joys George Orwell 15 June 2013
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Providing a nurturing environment for young people in a residential child care setting. Jane Dalgleish 15 June 2013
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Helping children experiencing SEBD to understand and manage their own feelings and behaviour : the experiences of the headteacher of a day school for such children Joan Pritchard 15 June 2013
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Context in Therapeutic Work with Young People Werner van der Westhuizen 15 June 2013
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Beyond the mainstream, what difference have we made? Moira Devlin 15 June 2013
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Residential child care in practice Making a difference : a review Charles Sharpe 15 June 2013
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EDITORIAL 12 : No policy, no procedure ever loved a child The Editors 15 December 2012
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Confessions of a Keyworker- Feelings, Fears, Frustration and the Future Tracey Jarvis 15 December 2012
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Access all areas - a developmental perspective Janet Rich 15 December 2012
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Moral Panics Mark Smith 15 December 2012
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Can we ever get the balance right? Cynthia Cross 15 December 2012
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The Casual Cruelty of Positive Intent Michael Mallows 15 December 2012
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The Experiences of Young People Leaving Residential Childcare Institutions in Bangladesh Tuhinul Islam 15 December 2012
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Jim : the Importance of Peers John Stein 15 December 2012
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The difficulties of meeting the ethnic and cultural needs of children and young people whose background you do not share. Mary Winters 15 December 2012
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The Cotswold Community's Obituary John Whitwell 15 December 2012
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The Boy at the Gate : a review of the memoirs of Danny Ellis Noel Howard 15 December 2012
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EDITORIAL 11 : residential child care Mark Smith 15 June 2012
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The Emotional Journey of a Keyworker Keychild Relationship – A Therapeutic Case Study Claire Cooper 15 June 2012
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Shift Recording in Residential Child Care Mark Hardy 15 June 2012
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Some tentative thoughts on the concept of planned environment therapy John Cross 15 June 2012
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In defiance of compliance John Burton 15 June 2012
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Residential child care:a view from inside the service Evelyn Daniel 15 June 2012
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A Case Study of the ‘high impact’ child at the Mulberry Bush School Kevin Ellis 15 June 2012
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Managing the milieu : the power of residential treatment John Stein 15 June 2012
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The reasons for placing children in residential child care in Tajikistan Shamsiya Ashurmamadova 15 June 2012
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Budgeting and finance in children’s homes John Burton 15 June 2012
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Residential Life with Children Revisited : conclusion Jeremy Millar 15 June 2012
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EDITORIAL 10 : Leaving father out in the cold THE EDITORS 15 Dec 2011
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Dad's the Word Mark Smith 15 Dec 2011
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Child Observation : the relationship a four and half years old boy has with his male carer in a nursery school setting Moira Strachan 15 Dec 2011
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My Father, My Fiction Joyce Carol Oates 15 Dec 2011
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How nurture groups help children in schools Marion Bennathan 15 Dec 2011
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My Father Jan Noble 15 Dec 2011
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A Child Observation Assignment Marie Tree 15 Dec 2011
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From My Dad John Stein 15 Dec 2011
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Residential Child Care in the 1960s and now : some comparisons Cynthia Cross 15 Dec 2011
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Being a Christian Father Alex Russon 15 Dec 2011
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The Kerelaw Papers (The Final Act) Bob Forrest 15 Dec 2011
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Let's Sing Pat Petrie 15 Dec 2011
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800 Voices - the heartache and the healing Noel Howard 15 Dec 2011
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Residential Life with Children Revisited : Essay Review Part 1 Jeremy Millar 15 Dec 2011
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Looking back at Richard Webster's book “The Secret of Bryn Estyn – the making of a Modern Witch Hunt” John Molloy 15 Dec 2011
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EDITORIAL 9 : It's not the despair, it's the hope THE EDITORS 14 Jun 2011
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Growing up : adolescence a unique experience for parent and child Lorea Boneke 12 Jun 2011
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Reflections on my learning and development over the duration of a social work post qualifying programme Marie Tree 12 Jun 2011
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Liberal, utilitarian or progressive: ideas on what makes up a good education Jennie Thomas 14 Jun 2011
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The impact of repeated family and care placement breakdowns on the development of a child: a psychodynamic perspective Kate Lawrence 12 Jun 2011
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The Kerelaw Papers Bob Forrest 11 Jun 2011
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Developing Reflective Training in the Child Care Sector : A Case Study Dave Roberts 04 Jun 2011
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Things I learned from me Mum John Stein 04 Jun 2011
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Some notes about theory and practice in work with children in residential child care Hans Kornerup 04 Jun 2011
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Facebook Friend or Facebook foe ? Simon P.Hammond 04 Jun 2011
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Providing a facilitating environment for creative play and autonomy in young children and parents attachment-based : insights from the playgroup movement Linnet McMahon 02 Jun 2011
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The Relevance of Social Pedagogy in Working with Young People in Residential Child Care Gabriel Eichsteller and Viki Bird 04 Jun 2011
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EDITORIAL 8 Getting real : part people with part lives or whole people with whole lives ? THE EDITORS 14 Dec 2010
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Running Thoughts : film making with the Vault Project Alexander Nicolaou 14 Dec 2010
Council of Europe 'one in five' campaign to prevent child sexual violence in Europe Kevin Lalor and Rosaleen McElvaney 14 Dec 2010
On being a social worker Hilary Mantel 11 Dec 2010
An interview with John Cross John Cross 14 Dec 2010
Generosity, Learning and Residential Child Care Max Smart 11 Dec 2010
Residential Care Do We Still Need It? John Stein 14 Dec 2010
Being a Residential Child Care Worker in England Harald Stoelting 13 Dec 2010
The damaging effects of poor communication in child care. Sheila Wilson 14 Dec 2010
Transference and Counter-transference : their therapeutic value in residential work with young people. Ariola Vishnja Zjarri 13 Dec 2010
Children who need a therapeutic residential experience Cynthia Cross 11 Dec 2010
Book Review : "Founded on Fear" by Peter Tyrell Noel Howard 11 Dec 2010
Two book Reviews : Kathy's Real Story by Hermann Kelly and The Secret of Bryn Estyn by Richard Webster Mark Smith 11 Dec 2010
EDITORIAL 7 : How can a poor man stand such times and live ? THE EDITORS 14 Jun 2010
An interview with Leon Fulcher and Thom Garfat Leon Fulcher and Thom Garfat 14 Jun 2010
Jesus of Suburbia Tiff Dawkins 14 Jun 2010
The History of Concepts concerning Child Care David Lane 14 Jun 2010
Who am I? An account of my childhood and teenage years in the 1930s and 1940s and my discovery at the age of 63 that I was an adopted child Ted Woolvett 14 Jun 2010
Greendale : the running and working of children's homes John Burton 13 Jun 2010
Saying I Love You in Child and Youth Care Jillian Viens 09 Jun 2010
Consequences John Stein 08 Jun 2010
The Little Girl Who Was Lost Inside Her Armour Kay Cook 14 Jun 2010
A personal reflection on the state of social care for children and young people in Ireland John Molloy 08 Jun 2010
Being a keyworker in residential child care Jane Kenny 13 Jun 2010
Sitting with Jason Thom Garfat 09 Jun 2010
EDITORIAL 6 : There's a lot to learn for wastin' time THE EDITORS 13 Dec 2009
A Sense of Being Home Bob Mann 13 Dec 2009
An interview with Jonathan Stanley, the Manager of the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care Jonathan Stanley 13 Dec 2009
It's the New Thing !! Jeremy Millar 14 Dec 2009
The Art of Effective Communication: A Pilot Course in Video Enhanced Reflective Practice for Staff in a Residential Setting for Young People. Calum Strathie 12 Dec 2009
Transference, Projection, Attachment and Loss : Emotional Containment in Residential Child Care Dominic McNally 13 Dec 2009
Therapeutic Containment and Physical Restraint in Residential Child Care Laura Steckley 12 Dec 2009
Dilemmas Cynthia Cross 12 Dec 2009
The Educational Attainment of Looked After Children in England : Are Personal Educational Plans Improving Their Educational Prospects Donna Hugh 13 Dec 2009
And what about the mental health of children and young people in care in the UK ? Nancy Mohindra 13 Dec 2009
Developmental Assets for Kids Dr. Leon Fulcher 26 Dec 2009
EDITORIAL 5 JUNE 2009 THE EDITORS 15 Jun 2009
Becoming a learning mentor : a personal journey Claudette Brown 15 Jun 2009
Helping a young person living in residential care to return to mainstream school. Athlene Derry 15 Jun 2009
Clare and Donald Winnicott: Play, Holding and the Transitional Participant Joel Kanter 15 Jun 2009
The resilience of children in care : the influence of adult attachment figures Lorea Boneke 15 Jun 2009
Attachment theory and social work with 'looked after' children and their families John Fallowfield 15 Jun 2009
Updating Life Story Work for use with a technologically proficient generation: a review Simon Hammond 15 Jun 2009
The Growth of Love : Five Essential Elements of Child Development Dr. Keith J. White 15 Jun 2009
What's In a Name ? John Stein 15 Jun 2009
My experience of moving from outreach work with young adults to residential care work with children and young people Douglas Cameron 15 Jun 2009
Film : Attachment to a Camera : a review of Helena Trestikova's film, 'Rene' Alison Poltock 15 Jun 2009
Rethinking Residential Child Care : Positive perspectives by Mark Smith : Book Review Charles Sharpe 15 Jun 2009
EDITORIAL 4 DECEMBER, 2008 THE EDITORS 14 Dec 2008
Resolutions Cynthia Cross 14 Dec 2008
Parents who misuse drugs or drug users who have children? Calum Strathie 14 Dec 2008
Summerhill School Zoe Readhead 14 Dec 2008
Care is therapy John Burton 14 Dec 2008
A Penny for Your Thoughts Jen: Surviving and Thriving in Residential Care Homes Simon P. Hammond 14 Dec 2008
On becoming and being a foster carer Shanna Marrinan 14 Dec 2008
Keynote conference presentation : Loving or Fearful Relationships Mark Smith 14 Dec 2008
Conference presentation: Lost in Translation- Who should look after children in the care system? Jeremy Millar 14 Dec 2008
Conference presentation : Troubled young people : how can we love them ? Siobain Degregorio 14 Dec 2008
Conference presentation : What is this thing called love ? caring for other people's children. Charles Sharpe 14 Dec 2008
Conference presentation : The place of love in recent developments in the care and education of troubled children : a view from a practitioner Evelyn Daniel 16 Jan 2009
Themes from the group discussions at the goodenoughcaring conference - Love Is Enough : sincerity and professionalism in the care of children and young people Jane Kenny and Ariola Vishnja 18 Jan 2009
EDITORIAL 3 JUNE, 2008 THE EDITORS 25 Jun 2008
Loving or fearful relationships Mark Smith 01 Jun 2008
Normalisation or Systemalisation ? How children looked after in children's homes are depersonalised by the processes and procedures of a public child care system. Jane Kenny 21 Jun 2008
Lost in Translation Jeremy Millar 01 Jun 2008
Steven K Jan Noble 23 Jun 2008
Disrupted relationships : a personal view of the causes of placement breakdown for children and young people in care. Douglas Cameron 22 Jun 2008
By Nurture Not Enforcement Martin Wigg 01 Jun 2008
Cultivating the Good Heart : integrating an ethic of mutual care into the development of an Indian school community. Jo Nash 01 Jun 2008
One night out in Dublin Jan Noble 25 Jun 2008
1966 and All That Bob Billingham 24 Jun 2008
Memoirs of a Training School Lad David Murphy 22 Jun 2008
Difference and Diversity : Meeting Dietary Needs in Children's Homes Patson Musumali 25 Jun 2008
The man who turned into his father Jan Noble 23 Jun 2008
EDITORIAL 2 DECEMBER, 2007 The EDITORS 19 Dec 2007
Crazy Mixed Up Kid : the Daughter's Story Chloe Smith 19 Dec 2007
Working to make sure professional procedures do not lead to the institutionalisation of children living in children's homes Jane Kenny 14 Dec 2007
Pie, Mash and Liquor Jan Noble 15 Dec 2007
Toward Posterity Jan Noble 15 Dec 2007
How the Impact of Multiple Changes and Breakdowns in the Lives of Children and Young People in Care Affects Them and Their Relationships with Professional Carers Nancy Mohindra 19 Dec 2007
Quantitive Research and Residential Child Care : an Unfruitful Marriage Ariola Vishnja 13 Dec 2007
The Right to be Normal : how my childhood experience has influenced my thinking about my work as a teaching assistant Amanda Towers 13 Dec 2007
EDITORIAL 1 MAY/JUNE, 2007 The EDITORS 25 May 2007
Working with Young People Who Have Been Sexually Abused in Childhood : a Case Study Lorea Boneke 25 May 2007
The importance of play in the care of children and young people : reflections on a short case study. Dominic McNally 22 May 2007
Tackling anti-social behaviour - 'toughness' versus effectiveness Dorothy Thornhill 22 May 2007
The impact of culture and difference on my practice as an outreach worker supporting young adults who are preparing to leave the care system. John Fallowfield 22 May 2007
Good Enough Caring : using a psychodynamic approach to the care of children and young people in the care system. Charles Sharpe, Evelyn Daniel & Siobain Degregorio 22 May 2007
Being a parent : some thoughts on learning from your children. Jennie Thomas 22 May 2007
The concept of the therapeutic holding environment and how it has been implemented in the residential home for young people in which I work. Ariola Vishnja 22 May 2007
 
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