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National Centre News: July/August 2015

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:01:33 +0000

Dear Readers, A warm welcome to our newest alliance members David Lane ( Independent Child Care Consultant), Elizabeth King ( Principal Psychologist, South Lanarkshire Council) and PACT ( Parents and Children Together), taking our membership to 75 organisations.  See attached flyer for our mission, aims, core values statement and current membership list. Please circulate this ... Read more

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Therapeutic Care in Family Settings by John Whitwell

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:00:44 +0000

Introduction. I became the Chief Executive of ISP (Integrated Services Programme) in 1999 following a 14 year period as the Principal of the Cotswold Community, a pioneering residential therapeutic community for emotionally unintegrated boys (Tomlinson 2004, Whitwell 1989). ISP was started by foster carers in 1987 and was the first independent fostering provider in the UK. A core ... Read more

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The Demise of Hope. Anonymous author.

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:00:33 +0000

I wrote following after the untimely death of a young person I cared for recently.   I wrote this while still in a state of disbelief, as such it is rather polemic and perhaps a little pessimistic.  Some themes developed that I have been reflecting on for some time, that I think represent significant challenges for ... Read more

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In Residence: ”But he was my father….” by Dr Keith White

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:00:28 +0000

From the moment I heard these words I knew that I must write down the context and sequence of events that led up to them. It was 72 hours ago, and this is the first window of opportunity: a Sunday evening in mid-summer accompanied by the birdsong of thrushes, and a pleasing breeze. This is ... Read more

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A Case Study: Behaviour Management Plans by Victoria Faulkner-Barrett

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:00:15 +0000

This paper by Victoria Faulkner – Barrett, who is a Therapeutic Care Worker at the Mulberry  Bush School, is a final year assignment from our Level 5 Foundation Degree in ‘therapeutic work with children and young people’ accredited by the University of the West of England. Introduction The Mulberry Bush Organisation, a Non-Maintained Residential Special ... Read more

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Good Enough Caring Journal issue 17: Charles Sharpe

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:00:02 +0000

Issue 17 of the goodenoughcaring Journal, ‘ The Mulberry Bush Issue’ is now online at http://www.goodenoughcaring.com/the-journal/    This very special issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal is a celebration and recognition of the work of the Mulberry Bush School and Organisation since its founding in 1948 by Barbara Dockar Drysdale. Perhaps more significantly the articles in ... Read more

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News: International Bat Night !

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:00:13 +0000

THE CHURCHES CONSERVATION TRUST INVITES YOU TO GO BATS FOR CHURCHES ON INTERNATIONAL BAT NIGHT   Introducing Bat Champing – Inspired by the latest trend for champing (camping in a church) Bat Champing Packages from £45 (£25 for under 16s)  including  breakfast, bat talks, bat detectors and bed in an aisle of a stunning 13th ... Read more

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News: Sidmouth Folk Week 2015

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:00:15 +0000

Sidmouth FolkWeek 31st July – 7th August 2015 Ear to the past, Eye on the future Phew! That long summer holiday is stretching out ahead of us…. a great chance to recharge the batteries and spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you haven’t already got your family holiday sorted, why not join ... Read more

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News: ROSPA press release

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:44:42 +0000

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Report puts blind cord dangers in the spotlight. A report which aims to help save children’s lives by highlighting the dangers of looped blind cords and chains is to be released today (July 9).The 30-page paper, by the four UK Chief Medical Officers and organisations including the Department ... Read more

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News: Left – Handers Day

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:43:46 +0000

Left-Handers Day: Helping left handed children in a right-handed world View this release online at: http://www.sourcewire.com/news/87957/ Additional media available: image(s) 13 July 2015. If you have a left-handed child, it’s nice to know that left-handers worldwide will unite on 13th August 2015 to mark International Left-Handers Day with a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the many talents ... Read more

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News: NHS £22m early dental care bill

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:42:31 +0000

Parental knowledge gap leaving NHS with £22m early dental care bill   Parental knowledge gap is placing “entirely preventable” strain on NHS dental services 1 million children aged 8 and under in the UK have never been to the dentist Over 700,000 children aged 8 and under have had at least one filling costing the ... Read more

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News: ‘One Goal’ Youth programme launched.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:40:52 +0000

‘One Goal’ for youth in London  Young people across London are set to kick off the summer holidays with the ‘One Goal’ programme, a free year-long sports and creative arts programme organised by nine professional football clubs with a £387,000 grant from L&Q housing association. The One Goal programme’s nine partner clubs—Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal ... Read more

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Why Love Matters

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:00:54 +0000

It’s strange, and when I come to think of it very strange, that it never occurred to me in England or Scotland, and that it was only when I was teaching in Penang, Malaysia that the penny dropped. Just a bit of background: since 2002 (that’s not long after the Webmag began) I have been ... Read more

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New title for webmag

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:49 +0000

Dear readers, As I stated in my recent introduction, our aim is to grow the reach and influence of the webmag. The mission of the National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care is: ‘to share knowledge about therapeutic residential and foster care for children and young people, and to support the use of reflective ... Read more

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A warm welcome to Webmag readers from John Diamond, Chair

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:30:32 +0000

Dear readers, I would like to thank Keith White, David Lane, and all the Children Webmag team for their dedicated work to establish and develop it since 2000. At this point of transition I feel it is a great privilege and honour to be taking over as Chair. I hold huge respect for the history ... Read more

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Of Nests and ‘Nestness’

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:30:39 +0000

In this column I want to revisit the subject of attachment and loss not only in the light of my experience and reflection on what those who have lived at Mill Grove have shared with me, and the work of pioneers such as John Bowlby and D.W. Winnicott, but also using some of the insights ... Read more

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Newsletter

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:30:32 +0000

Dear Readers, It is my pleasure and privilege to inform you that Children Webmag is being transferred into new and very capable hands: the National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care, located within the Mulberry Bush School. Having been associated with the Webmag from its very early days (March 2000) as a columnist, and ... Read more

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A Day in the Life of…

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:00:41 +0000

Yesterday evening one of the young adults who lives at Mill Grove asked me how my day went, and I replied in the usual East End vernacular, “O.K.” At his request I expanded briefly: “As full, varied and rich as every day at Mill Grove”. Which led me to attempt in this article to describe ... Read more

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A Foundation for Life

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:42:09 +0000

It was a strange day not only by normal standards, but also for me, in that I spent it with people whose ages spanned 100 years.  Yet on reflection I realised that some of the connections between the generations could not have been closer or clearer. In the afternoon I was with Ben, who is ... Read more

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Abuse of the Heart, Soul and Mind

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:00:13 +0000

For months now in the UK, possibly even years, we have grown accustomed to new revelations about how celebrities like Jimmy Saville and Gary Glitter have abused children and young people. The label for what they have done is usually something sexual, from inappropriate or indecent behaviour to rape. There is revulsion at what they ... Read more

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A Clash of Cultures

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:00:06 +0000

In this article I want to describe the nature of two completely different, indeed antithetical cultures that affect the lives of children. Because culture is the air that children breathe, it infiltrates every aspect of their lives, their relationships, the space, the environment in which they grow up. This means that they will and must ... Read more

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Letting Children Play a Part

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:00:49 +0000

As we enter a new year it is a time to look ahead with hope, and possibly longing. I do so having immersed myself in Jan Swafford’s biography of Beethoven, and try as I might I cannot find a way out of this enticing deep water unaided. So I will try by clutching at a ... Read more

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Don’t they know that Christmas is for Everyone?

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:00:14 +0000

In the run up to Christmas this year I visited two members of the Mill Grove family: both of whom are in their late seventies. One was terminally ill and in a hospice, the other had suffered a series of strokes that had left him partly paralysed down the right side of his body. They ... Read more

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Villages and Compost Heaps

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:00:16 +0000

The last chapter of the book, The Growth of Love, is entitled “Villages and Compost Heaps”, and in this column I would like to come back to this theme once again. For the record I last wrote an In Residence column on the subject in June 2002 (It Takes a Village to Raise a Child). ... Read more

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Therapy and Place

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:00:45 +0000

When I began my research into residential child care at Edinburgh University in 1969 one of the pioneers whose work I discovered and cherished was Barbara Dockar-Drysdale. The place forever associated with her name is the Mulberry Bush School, Standlake, west of Oxford. For some reason, although I gone to see (and indeed stay in) ... Read more

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Celebrating North Wales

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:00:33 +0000

In August 2014 the extended family of Mill Grove enjoyed its 39th consecutive holiday in North Wales. Perhaps the anniversary would not have been so significant if I had not read John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps in recent months. Or perhaps this year’s stay was uniquely special. (Just for any new readers, Mill Grove is ... Read more

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Throwing Stones

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:00:16 +0000

Throwing stones has a long and chequered history. Examples that come to mind immediately include David’s heroic killing of Goliath, the throwing of stones by resistance or revolutionary movement against occupying forces, the use of stones as a method of execution, and the story of how Jesus intervened when a woman was about to be ... Read more

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Sexual Abuse

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:42:58 +0000

What has the public learnt?

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“This is my Story”

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:00:21 +0000

The importance of life stories cannot be overstated. By life stories I mean the process in which a child, young person or adult tells in some consecutive or coherent age-appropriate way the narrative of their life to date. And implicit in this is the fact that someone who cares about them unconditionally has listened to ... Read more

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By Choice or By Order?

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:00:16 +0000

Over many years of observation it has become apparent to me that children and adults live and act for one of two fundamental reasons: because of choice, or because of an order. (By choice I mean that they act primarily out of free will, not because they have been specifically taught or ordered to undertake ... Read more

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Hill End

Sat, 17 May 2014 10:27:07 +0000

An account of personal experiences of an adolescent unit.

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How Attached Are We to Children?

Thu, 01 May 2014 18:13:49 +0000

It is well known that all the nations in the world apart from the USA and Somalia are signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. But from the very start there have been those of us who have wondered what it actually means in practice. Countries agree that ... Read more

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“For what we are About to Receive may the Lord Make us Truly Thankful”

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:22:43 +0000

In the last week of March 2014 there were six of us together in North Wales. We called ourselves a work-party, and the purpose of our trip and stay was to attend to some of the repairs and maintenance required by the two houses belonging to Mill Grove in the picturesque seaside village of Borth-y-Gest. ... Read more

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Better Late Then Never

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:30:32 +0000

My very first visit to Hungary was when I touched down in Budapest airport on Monday 17th February 2014. For many other passengers it seemed as if it was just another flight. But for me it was imbued with huge personal significance. The reason is that it was as a nine year old boy on ... Read more

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Of Friends and Friendship

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:38:12 +0000

Building friendships takes time: the implications for children in care.

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Regulation Matters

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:29:24 +0000

The child care profession is struggling against the odds.

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Newsletter : October 2013

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:23:39 +0000

Since the last Newsletter we have published over twenty items – as usual, a very varied mixture of articles and reviews. They are described below. First, an advert for a conference sponsored by the Child Care History Network and Hilfield Priory about Homer Lane and the Little Commonwealth, as it is the centenary this year ... Read more

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The Power of the Living Subject

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:42:14 +0000

The long-term unexpected rewards of coping with disability

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Pedagogy in Practice

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:41:45 +0000

The development of the role of Home School Support Worker and an assessment of its effectiveness in a primary school.

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What is the Matter with Feltham?

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:24:48 +0000

The need to learn from research - and think more deeply

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Dr Barnardo: Champion of Victorian Children : by Martin Levy

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:01:23 +0000

First, a caveat. I am not an expert in the life of Dr Barnardo, so I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the book’s facts or the choice and balance of the material chosen, but it is clear that the author has done a lot of research and has formed his own views on earlier ... Read more

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Knowledge Encyclopedia

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:16:23 +0000

Senior Editors: Shaila Brown, Daniel Mills and Ben Morgan This book is another of Dorling Kindersley’s brilliant blockbusters. It is intriguing that, at a time when so much knowledge is available on the web, the quality of hard copy books is improving so much. DK set themselves the task of encompassing the whole of human ... Read more

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Responsibility

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:01:01 +0000

And how sharing it makes life more enjoyable for children

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Realizing a Problem

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:47:31 +0000

Jumping to Conclusions Can Do More Damage than You May Realize

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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Conference

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:26:01 +0000

11/09/2013 Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel Information Never has there been as much media, political and public scrutiny of how we seek to protect vulnerable children from sexual exploitation and abuse, with national attention on investigations such as Savile and Hall. In addition the internet continues to carry an increasing threat of grooming to vulnerable children. ... Read more

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Geography: A Children’s Encyclopedia : by John Woodward

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:10:15 +0000

I am running out of superlatives for Dorling Kindersley’s books for children. This 304-page hard-backed book is aimed at children aged 8 and above, and it gives a comprehensive overview of the physical world. It is comprehensive and encyclopedic in the sense that it covers a wide range of topics, starting with physical geography – ... Read more

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Aberlour Narratives of Success : by Professor David Divine

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:00:06 +0000

This is a most unusual book and it is fascinating in a number of ways. For a start, the author is an unusual person. He spent his early years in a large institution – Aberlour in Scotland – before being fostered, and in the course of a professional career with both ups and downs, David ... Read more

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150th Anniversary History 1863 – 2013

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:27:21 +0000

Celebrating 150 Years of Catholic Care in the Diocese of Leeds

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“Now I am Someone!”

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 08:29:39 +0000

She was holding a little baby, and smiled at me with a new-found confidence as she uttered those unforgettable words, “Now I am someone”. It was some time ago, and they have come back to me again and again over the intervening years. Now after a weekend in the presence of at least three mothers ... Read more

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Good news

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:36:01 +0000

Politicians who listen, and take note!

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Honouring Joyce Robertson

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:34:25 +0000

By setting up systems which reflect the lessons of research

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Conference: Working with Young People who are in Gangs

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:32:53 +0000

A FREE OPEN SPACE EVENT: We are all learners, we are all teachers, we are all experts and we are all novices! The ‘Open Space’ process used at this event will enable dialogue, learning, exploration and networking amongst those who work with young people who are in gangs. When: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 10.30 (for ... Read more

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CHILD CARE HISTORY NETWORK

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:17:19 +0000

Safeguarding Children:Procedures, Regulation or Nurturing Relationships?

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How to Incorporate Technology Into Your Child’s Life the Right Way

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:11:36 +0000

How much technology the average person and child has access to is going to grow exponentially over the years, and the computers, smartphones, tablets, and DVRs we use are likely only the tip of the iceberg.How much technology children are exposed to has many parents wondering whether it’s really a good thing or not – ... Read more

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Innovations are not always Positive

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:25:23 +0000

The present debate relating to the government’s proposals relating to child/adult ratios in early years settings

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Rhythm and Blues

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:28:00 +0000

Communicating emotions without words

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The Round Home

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:19:51 +0000

Careful thinking and good practice can lead to successful outcomes.

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What is a Human Being?

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:11:20 +0000

How can we ensure that people are valued?

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Newsletter : February 2013

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:09:39 +0000

Since the last Newsletter we have published twenty-six items – a mixture of articles and reviews.Keith White has continued to provide his monthly In Residence column, touching upon a variety of challenging issues fundamental to the way children develop and can be helped – giving them space to learn, the need to take time to ... Read more

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Martha Mattingly: A Life to Celebrate; a Legacy to Implement

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:40:56 +0000

Dr. Martha Mattingly, Professor Emeritus of Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, died on February 4, 2013. Martha leaves a legacy which contributed to the development of the Child and Youth Care profession in significant ways. Among her contributions is leadership in writing and implementing the Association of Child and Youth Care Practitioners ... Read more

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The Fair Start Global Project

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:38:21 +0000

A free e-learning and organizational development program for orphanages and foster families in quality care-giving in 29 languages

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Regulation Matters

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:32:25 +0000

Members of the Campaign meet Shadow Education Minister

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Letting Be

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:36:24 +0000

The need for space and risk in order to develop and learn

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Internet Safety: Children’s Views

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:31:48 +0000

24,000 young people declare their online rights and responsibilities for Safer Internet Day

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Jimmy Savile’s Legacy

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:09:28 +0000

A chance for victims to speak and be heard.

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The Kindness of Friends

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:07:33 +0000

Crises can bring out the best in people.

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Sworn Statements

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:03:50 +0000

A means to justice for some who lose out?

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A Mother and Baby

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:56:22 +0000

Every new arrival changes the community.

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Writing Expert and Other Professional Reports

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:53:20 +0000

This guidance is for expert witnesses writing reports which may be used in court or for professionals fulfilling other comparable formal functions where high standards of writing and professional content are expected. Please click here to download the Writing Report.

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What Will Happen after SCA?

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:23:03 +0000

The Social Care Association has ceased trading; what sort of lead do professionals want now?

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