Abused children ‘re-traumatised’ by support services

Schools, social workers, police and NHS staff are inadvertently re-traumatising vulnerable children because of basic misunderstandings about their behaviour, a report has claimed.

A report by mental health charity YoungMinds has found that children who have been neglected, abused, bereaved or faced prejudice are often let down by services designed to support them.

The report, Beyond Adversity, shows that one in three adult mental health problems stem from “adverse childhood experiences” – including abuse, neglect, taking on adult responsibilities, prejudice and bereavement.Read more

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United Nations raises ‘serious concerns’ about UK government’s treatment of vulnerable children

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has highlighted a raft of “serious concerns” about the government’s treatment of vulnerable and disadvantaged children. 

Government austerity measures have disproportionately affected children from poorer backgrounds, the UN review concluded. Concluding remarks, made in the committee’s fifth report on the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), are particularly critical of the effect that the Conservative government’s austerity measures have had on children from poorer families.

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Update: Review of ‘Stuart: A life backwards’ by Alexander Masters

See Terry Potter’s recent review of Stuart: A life backwards’ by Alexander Masters in the Review section of the site.

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Save The Children’s video ‘Still The Most Shocking Second a Day’

This film is inspired by the stories of real child refugees fleeing war and persecution. It’s a reminder that the refugee crisis is happening here and it’s happening now

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Update: Review of ‘Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape’ by Jay Griffiths

See Terry Potter’s recent review of ‘Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape’ by Jay Griffiths in the Review section of the site.

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“You’ve done nothing for me since I came here, all those promises were just words, I may as well be at home with my mum”

These words have stayed with me since I left my role working within residential homes, supporting children and young people who are looked after by the Local Authority. The reason I have never been able to forget these words is because of the feelings of guilt, frustration, sadness and disappointment at the many obstacles and barriers I faced in the everyday challenge of providing a sense of security and wellbeing, a stable home environment and sense of normality to the very vulnerable children residing within the unit. Continue reading

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Update: Review of ‘The Art of Being Normal’ by Lisa Williamson

See Terry Potter’s recent review of ‘The Art of Being Normal’ by Lisa Williamson in the Review section of the site.

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Action needed to recruit and retain early years teachers

The Government needs to end disparity between EYTS and QTS if we’re to recruit more graduates into early years settings, says Deborah Harris, senior lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Care at Newman University. Continue reading

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The B&B where I work is a melting pot of vulnerable and dangerous characters

I quit my job working for a homelessness charity to live abroad for six years. Since my return in 2015 I have been doing agency work for a housing association as a floating support worker, and I’m shocked by how much this country has changed since I left. Continue reading

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Update: New resources regarding Violence in the context of personal relationships

A new page has been added including information and up-to-date resources regarding violence in the context of personal relationships including Jennifer Longden’s dissertation ‘A case study focused around a police domestic violence unit located in the west midlands and examining how effective the unit is at working with other agencies to support victims of domestic violence’. You can view this via the resources tab or click here.

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