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.

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


“Significant relationships in growing up”   The theme for Issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal, a call for articles

The next issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal goes online on December 15th, 2014. It will have as its principal theme  “Significant relationships in growing up”.  There is such a wide variety of relationships which can play a part in growing up. There are relationships which in general are important to all children, young people and adults, while there are also unique relationships that are and have been important to specific children, young people and adults.

Over the years the goodenoughcaring Journal has built up a significant body of informative, reflective, imaginative and entertaining writing about so many aspects of the nurture of young human beings. This writing is freely available for anyone. We are not alone in providing this kind of the resource as our links page demonstrates. Nonetheless we wish to acknowledge that the writing in the goodenoughcaring Journal  is a symbol of the generosity and thought of authors from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds. We hope the next issue will continue in this spirit.

We invite authors of every age and ilk – our readers, past contributors or those hearing of the goodenoughcaring journal for the first time  -  to submit articles, papers,  essays, stories, poems, recollections and memoirs which relate  to the theme of the upcoming issue. We will be grateful  for them.

We will also be thankful for the submission of articles and ideas dealing with other aspects of growing up.

To submit a piece of writing or an idea for an article, contact us at

We welcome thoughtful criticism as well as messages of encouragement !

Over the next few weeks further news of the forthcoming issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal  will appear regularly on this page.


Issue 15 of the goodenoughcaring Journal is served

The 15th issue  of the goodenoughcaring Journal  is now on the table. Given the interest in the general affairs of Scotland this year, we are serving up  a Scottish flavoured  goodenoughcaring Journal. Nonetheless though showing  distinct  signs of have taken in on its travels, Arbroath Smokies,  Cullen Skink, Stovies, Dundee Cake and Irn Bru , Issue 15 of the goodenoughcaring Journal contains dishes garnered from the other region concerning  this issue: residential child care.

You will find in this feast , articles dealing with childhood in Scotland from the 8th century through to the 21st century, while others consider matters specific to residential child care, and still  others which are about residential care and Scotland . We hope this menu  has something which you will savour.

The authors providing the fare are Kevin Ball John BurnsideCynthia Cross, David Divine, Ni Holmes, Noel Howard, Alan Macquarrie, Jeremy Millar, A.S.Neill, Charles Sharpe, Mark Smith, Laura Steckley, R.L.StevensonCalum Strathie, and  Adrian Ward.

We hope that on taking in the Journal  you will be persuaded to write an article for our next issue in December.



Article Author Date
EDITORIAL 15 An international and national event The Editors June 2014
"Throwing off the cringe" Mark Smith June 2014
Growing up in an orphanage David Divine June 2014
What difference will a yes vote make to Scottish children and a Scottish childhood Calum Strathie June 2014
The Legend pf Saint Kentigerna Alan Macquarrie June 2014
The colonised mind Jeremy Millar June 2014
Care versus treatment reflections on residential child care in Scotland Laura Steckley June 2014
A story of the dux medal life road school lochee dundee Charles Sharpe June 2014
What is better than training? Values in the practice of behaviour management Ni Holmes June 2014
A Lie About My Father John Burnside June 2014
Regulation 33 principles to guide independent scrutiny of children's homes Kevin Ball June 2014
Ireland's new child and family agency or is it? Noel Howard June 2104
The enigma of staff relationships Cynthia Cross June 2014
Parents relationships and residential treatment John Stein June 2014
Life writing and leadership in residential child care Adrian Ward June 2014
Leadership in Residential Care by Adrian Ward: a review Charles Sharpe June 2014
Child's play Robert Louis Stevenson June 2014
A Dominie Loses His Bairns A S Neill June 2014
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 18th 2013
The Trauma of Dislocation and the Transitional Participant Joel Kanter December 18th 2013
Winnicott and Residential Work Cynthia Cross December 18th 2013
The application of psychodynamic thinking in a residential setting for children Charlotte Witheridge December 18th 2013
Not entirely good enough : thoughts on the psychodynamic approach to residential child care Mark Smith December 18th 2013
Comment on 'The caring relation in teaching' Jeanne Warren December 18th 2013
An Education Worthy of Child and Youth Care Practice Kiaras Gharabaghi December 18th 2013
Communicating with Traumatised children Patrick Tomlinson December 18th 2013
Foster Respite Care within a Traditional Scottish Hutting Community Sara Jane Kirkwood December 18th 2013
Living at the Club Robert Royston December 18th 2013
Understanding child development and child observation in social work practice John Fallowfield December 18th 2013
Regulation 33 : Quality assuring practice in children's homes Kevin Ball December 18th 2013
How do we Understand and Work with Organisational Re-Enactment of Children and Young Adults Traumatised Backgrounds? Luci Ashbourne December 18th 2013
Compliance and abuse in care homes John Burton December 18th 2013
Richard T. Cass Social Worker : What I Learned from Him John Stein December 18th 2013
Acceptance is not a passive thing : a consideration of some aspects of Clare Winnicott’s influence on residential child care Charles Sharpe December 18th 2013
The girl from the workhouse Charles Dickens December 18th 2013
EDITORIAL 13 : I'm not like everybody else The Editors 15 June 2013
Candles and Care: some photographic reflections on a study visit to Denmark by Scottish care leavers Juliean Arthur Alex Horne Alastair Jamieson Murray Mckinnon & Jeremy Millar 15 June 2013
Not Just a Job John Burton 15 June 2013
Care Leavers and the Criminal Justice System : a sorry state of affairs… Darren Coyne 15 June 2013
Then and Now John Stein 15 June 2013
The Influence of Chance and Luck in childhood Roger Lewis 15 June 2013
Such Such Were The Joys George Orwell 15 June 2013
Providing a nurturing environment for young people in a residential child care setting. Jane Dalgleish 15 June 2013
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
Context in Therapeutic Work with Young People Werner van der Westhuizen 15 June 2013
Beyond the mainstream – what difference have we made? Moira Devlin 15 June 2013
Residential child care in practice Making a difference : a review Charles Sharpe 15 June 2013
EDITORIAL 12 : No policy – no procedure ever loved a child The Editors 15 December 2012
Confessions of a Keyworker- Feelings Fears Frustration and the Future Tracey Jarvis 15 December 2012
Access all areas – a developmental perspective Janet Rich 15 December 2012
Moral Panics Mark Smith 15 December 2012
Can we ever get the balance right? Cynthia Cross 15 December 2012
The Casual Cruelty of Positive Intent Michael Mallows 15 December 2012
The Experiences of Young People Leaving Residential Childcare Institutions in Bangladesh Tuhinul Islam 15 December 2012
Jim : the Importance of Peers John Stein 15 December 2012
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
The Cotswold Community's Obituary John Whitwell 15 December 2012
The Boy at the Gate : a review of the memoirs of Danny Ellis Noel Howard 15 December 2012
EDITORIAL 11 : residential child care Mark Smith 15 June 2012
The Emotional Journey of a Keyworker Keychild Relationship – A Therapeutic Case Study Claire Cooper 15 June 2012
Shift Recording in Residential Child Care Mark Hardy 15 June 2012
Some tentative thoughts on the concept of planned environment therapy John Cross 15 June 2012
In defiance of compliance John Burton 15 June 2012
Residential child care:a view from inside the service Evelyn Daniel 15 June 2012
A Case Study of the ‘high impact’ child at the Mulberry Bush School Kevin Ellis 15 June 2012
Managing the milieu : the power of residential treatment John Stein 15 June 2012
The reasons for placing children in residential child care in Tajikistan Shamsiya Ashurmamadova 15 June 2012
Budgeting and finance in children’s homes John Burton 15 June 2012
Residential Life with Children Revisited : conclusion Jeremy Millar 14 June 2012
EDITORIAL 10 : Leaving father out in the cold THE EDITORS 15 Dec 2011
Dad's the Word Mark Smith 15 Dec 2011
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
My Father My Fiction Joyce Carol Oates 15 Dec 2011
How nurture groups help children in schools Marion Bennathan 15 Dec 2011
My Father Jan Noble 15 Dec 2011
A Child Observation Assignment Marie Tree 15 Dec 2011
From My Dad John Stein 15 Dec 2011
Residential Child Care in the 1960s and now : some comparisons Cynthia Cross 15 Dec 2011
Being a Christian Father Alex Russon 15 Dec 2011
The Kerelaw Papers (The Final Act) Bob Forrest 15 Dec 2011
Let's Sing Pat Petrie 15 Dec 2011
800 Voices – the heartache and the healing Noel Howard 15 Dec 2011
Residential Life with Children Revisited : Essay Review Part 1 Jeremy Millar 15 Dec 2011
Looking back at Richard Webster's book “The Secret of Bryn Estyn – the making of a Modern Witch Hunt" John Molloy 15 Dec 2011
EDITORIAL 9: It's not the despair it's the hope THE EDITORS 14 Jun 2011
Growing up : adolescence a unique experience for parent and child Lorea Boneke 12 Jun 2011
Some notes about theory and practice in work with children in residential child care Hans Kornerup 4 Jun 2011
Reflections on my learning and development over the duration of a social work post qualifying programme Marie Tree 12 Jun 2011
Liberal utilitarian or progressive: ideas on what makes up a good education Jennie Thomas 14 Jun 2011
The impact of repeated family and care placement breakdowns on the development of a child: a psychodynamic perspective Kate Lawrence 12 Jun 2011
The Kerelaw Papers Bob Forrest 11 Jun 2011
Developing Reflective Training in the Child Care Sector : A Case Study Dave Roberts 04 Jun 2011
Things I learned from me Mum John Stein 04 Jun 2011
Facebook Friend or Facebook foe? Simon P Hammond 22 May 2007
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
The Relevance of Social Pedagogy in Working with Young People in Residential Child Care Gabriel Eichsteller and Viki Bird 04 Jun 2011
EDITORIAL 8 Getting real : part people with part lives or whole people with whole lives ? THE EDITORS 14 Dec 2010
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
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
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 22 May 2007
On becoming and being a foster carer Shanna Marrinan 22 May 2007
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: Love is enough 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: What is the nature of a relationship between people 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
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 Siobain Degregorio & Evelyn Daniel 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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