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
A champion of young children
Politicians who listen, and take note!
What do survivors of abuse in care want?
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
The current values undermine good practice.
A chance for victims to speak and be heard.
The Social Care Association has ceased trading; what sort of lead do professionals want now?
The last monthly issue of Children Webmag came out on 1 June 2012. Since then we have published twenty-three contributions at intervals – very varied in content and style. More have been promised for the coming months and, if you have something to share, please send it in – research, new ideas, something to grumble … Read more
As explained in the Editorial All Change?, we are at a turning point for the Webmag. This is the last monthly issue. From now on we shall be adding material as it comes in and circulating subscribers from time to time about the new articles.News Views covers its usual mixture – language impairment, epilepsy, childminding, … Read more
A turning point for the Webmag.
Including language impairment, epilepsy, childminding, fostering and adoption, rating books, the Golden Jubilee, running away, safeguarding, ‘research’ and Mittel Appenzell.
Our Editorial looks at the main ideas which have underpinned the Webmag over the last twelve and a half years, and invites readers to contribute (in the next fortnight) to our one hundred and fiftieth issue. News Views includes sport for all, great teachers, children’s rights in Wales, paying for truancy, Care.com, transport and … Read more
Including sport for all, great teachers, children’s rights in Wales, paying for truancy, Care.com, transport and family story-telling
The thinking that has underpinned the Webmag.
There are three main groups of contributions this month – articles on child care practice, contributions from or about issues in other countries, and book reviews. First the practice articles. – In his In Residence column, Keith White looks at the way that families function as a part of wider communities. – Michael Greig … Read more
How child care workers keep in touch
Including truancy, social pedagogy in Ireland, the demise of the CWDC, church child abuse, Tony Newton, Herb Barnes, parental mileage, tablets, children’s clocks, spring-cleaning and flat panel TVs
The Editorial this month is on the important subject of self-harm, and there is an article also, reporting on a survey on the subject. Valerie Jackson continues her account of home education, “weathering the storm”. Keith White gets to the heart of what residential child care is all about – dealing with the important through … Read more
An important issue which merits more attention and support
Including the heart of residential child care, social pedagogy, a field trip to Germany, a conference in Ireland, HDJ and the Health and Social Care Bill
Quite a mixed bag this month. The Editorial urges professional to consider The Critical Role of the Manager in Good Social Care at the SCA/ICSE Annual Seminar. News Views has its usual mixture of the serious and the not so serious, including internet safety, adoption reform, residential care in Wales, bedwetting in England and … Read more
A critical time for the child care profession
Including internet safety, adoption reform, residential care in Wales, bedwetting in England and Scotland, immunisation planning and ‘research’.
First, we wish all our readers a happy and successful 2012. Secondly, we apologise: this issue is not short on quality, but it has fewer contributions than usual, for a variety of reasons.The Editorial looks at the question of unemployment, and urges a more radical line of action. The theme was triggered by Chris Durkin’s … Read more
Unless there is radical action, we risk a generation without hope.
In the Editorial we celebrate our twelve years of publication. A lot has happened in that time, and we have published over 2,100 articles. We wish you a Happy Christmas and encourage you to buy the Children Webmug. Give yourself a Christmas present. News Views includes Scotland Street School Museum, the influence of individuals, … Read more
Including Scotland Street School Museum, the influence of individuals, Tell Us Once, adoption and Prime Ministers, character and child care, Youth and Policy, possible Ph D topics and ‘research’ (mainly about busy mums)
BUY A CHILDREN WEBMUG Treat yourself – or someone else – to a Christmas present that’s all about child care. Attractive Affordable A contribution to charity And a bit of a puzzle If you can read the small print, you will find 71 people named on the mug. They are mostly the good and famous … Read more
In the Editorial we emphasise the importance of child care professionals co-operating and the need for the NCB to take the lead. There was a full obituary of Raissa Page in the Guardian recently, which referred largely to her work as a photographer. Here Ros Niblett as written an appreciation of her work as a … Read more
The importance of child care professionals co-operating.
In This Issue The Editorial this month draws together a number of points in other articles and points up the responsibilities facing the child care profession. News Views has its usual mixture including the recognition of social education/ pedagogy as a profession, allergies, children’s savings, attainments and the school year, choice of school, Raissa Page, … Read more
It is for the child care profession to get things moving.
Including the recognition of social education/ pedagogy as a profession, allergies, children’s savings, attainments and the school year, choice of school, Raissa Page, and interprofessional co-operation.
In This Issue The Editorial this month urges everyone who has an interest in high standards of residential child care to sign the ICSE’s e-petition to re-establish NCERCC. Later in this issue there is a fuller statement from ICSE of the reasons for their petition. We have two child protection articles – the first by … Read more
If you think residential child care services need a good support system, sign the e-petition to the Government.
Including riots, long summer holidays, residential child care statistics, street work, Wellesley Nautical School, Gerd Schemenau, laughter, remembering residential care, and FunMats
We have something of an international flavour this month, with contributions from the Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Australia and Pakistan. – Noel Howard has written about developments in child care in Ireland, a country whose services have been rocked by scandals, but where there are encouraging signs of new developments. – Meredith Kiraly has been … Read more
Including time out, Sir Paul Ennals, social pedagogy and kinship care
The Roman Catholic Church still has lessons to learn if it is to be trusted with children.
Another mixture of articles this month, with some emphasis on residential care and some on parenting. The Editorial focuses on the need for a fundamental review of our schooling system and raises a lot of question. News Views covers work-based crèches, mealtimes, playtime supervision and travel. In Teacher Diaries, Valerie Jackson has focused this … Read more
It is time for a major rethink about the way we educate our children and young people. We argued in a recent editorial that time needs to be spent debating the major social policy issues we face, so that a consensus can be built up among the major stake-holders – in the case of education, … Read more
Work Based Crèches This month’s article on the proposal to develop a new crèche in an office park in Leeds does not cover some important child care issues. Is it better for a baby, toddler or little child to commute with its parent to the work area, or to be cared for near the family … Read more
The theme this month is activities for children and young people. We discuss the theme in the Editorial and we have a long article suggesting lots of ideas for your children and young people to do this summer. We also have a review of Sara Knight’s book, Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play. … Read more
What are your children and young people going to do this summer?
Including leaving care, mapping social problems, Dads’ Time Tales, violence to children, music at the Mulberry Bush, dangerous blinds, Youth & Policy, approved school activity programmes, National Baby Massage Week and drinking water
Another issue with a variety of subject matter.First, an article by Jeremy Millar on Throughcare and Aftercare in Scotland, focusing on the support needed by young people leaving care. Then a piece which may prove contentious: Robert Shaw looks at Child Sexual Abuse: The Experiences of Victims and Abusers, and explodes myths. There’s no neat … Read more
Including training for social educators / social pedagogues / residential care staff, tombstoning, Ofsted, shaken babies, approved school scandals, therapeutic music, Siblings Together, educational apps, naming ceremonies, and ‘research’
The importance of making sense of things.
There is a residential care theme to five of the contributions this month. Robert Shaw considers what has been learnt about attachment and resilience in residential care. Simon Rodway celebrates the Caldecott Community’s centenary. Jim Hyland has written the third of his series on approved schools. It is the final chapter of A.J. Stone’s brilliant … Read more
Sir Paul Ennals The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has announced today that Sir Paul Ennals will be moving on from his role as Chief Executive in the autumn of 2011. Paying tribute to Sir Paul, NCB Chair, Dame Gillian Pugh, said, “NCB has been enormously fortunate to have been led by Paul Ennals for the … Read more
Developing social policy needs to take time.
We have three articles this month focusing on communication. Valerie Jackson describes Makaton and the Paget Gorman Sign System work. Chris Durkin focuses on the importance of listening in communication. We also include the announcement of a book by Jeanne Willis, Mole’s Sunrise, in a format designed specifically for blind children. Charles Pragnell has contributed another of his trenchant pieces, … Read more
Including more on communication, health and diet, adoption, the WellStart memory box, social pedagogy, the Sex Offenders Register, family meals, conception, eczema, the Big Society and hard balls.
It’s about more than money, and it’s not a joke.
Another month with a wide variety of subject matter, with some of the articles touching on safeguarding children, some on transition, and some looking back to the development of child care services around the 1940s. The Editorial calls for solidarity in the face of cuts, and urges you to support a professional association- the Social … Read more
The professions need your support to face the cuts.
Including the lessons of Haute de la Garenne, an honour for day nurseries, Key Texts, night lights and melatonin, social pedagogy and the SPDN, social pedagogy in Slovenia, breast-feeding, the Big Society and Montessori, ‘research’ surveys, TV viewing patterns, poverty, and conferences on children and mental health and young people and faith
Happy New Year, and welcome to our first issue of 2011. As is fitting for the festive season, we have quite a mixed diet on the plate this month. A.J. Stone’s story about a boy in care – Aaron, Beyond Caring, rolls forward; it still has a few months to go, and if you are … Read more
And if you have something to say, get in touch.
Including locking children up, justice, leaving care, smells, the X Factor, toddlers’ tantrums, CORE, the Mouse Club, the Pushmepullyou, Youth & Policy and toothbrushes
The theme this month is Learning and Development, and in addition to the Editorial we have seven other articles looking at aspects of learning, teaching methods, qualification systems and so on. Ann White on inter-agency child safeguarding training; Robert Shaw on how child care workers learn and develop their practice; Valerie Jackson outlining the current … Read more
Including truancy, vetting and barring, the Big Society, teamwork in child protection, postcode lotteries, telling the truth and Every Child (still) Matters
The Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs
The theme for this month is reading – for children and about child care – and we have some interesting angles on the subject. Marilyn Brocklehurst on ways of encouraging children to read. Simon Machin has been studying ripping yarns for boys, and looks at their historical and social context – and (in view of … Read more
Don’t blame the cuts.
Including child poverty, the lessons from Baby Peter, foster care recruitment, family eating habits, fitness, fun and football, archiving theses, disciplining children, ‘research’, changing the clocks, the NCBC and the NCB.
The briefing below was prepared for the media by the coalition to End Child Poverty (ECP) prior to the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). It has been attached here in full as it lays out the arguments and facts clearly and succinctly. It was prepared by Alicia Jones, Media Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be obtained … Read more
Social pedagogy continues to be a subject of current importance as more parts of the UK are experimenting with it. It is therefore the subject of some of our articles this month. Nicola Boyce has provided a description of the progress of the Essex scheme. While acknowledging some difficulties, the overall success of the scheme … Read more