Review by David Lane The book has a strapline Fun ways to help your child develop in the first five years, and that it exactly what the book is about. Other than the Introduction and Final Words, Dr Gummer takes parents through eight stages of development from birth to starting school. In each stage she … Read more
Building children’s defences against sexual abuse.
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
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
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
Learning about adoption
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
Celebrating 150 Years of Catholic Care in the Diocese of Leeds
A helpful guide
Helping looked after children to achieve in education
A positive, realistic description of what relationships can achieve in residential care
Bridging the generation gap through song
To be asked to review a book of Steven Appleby’s cartoons when one is already a fan is a delight. I do of course appreciate that not everyone may be a fan. It may be a bit like the Marmite test, which divides people sharply into likers and dislikers, though I find it hard to … Read more
How to proceed in a minefield
A useful guide for adoptive parents
A handbook full of ideas for early years workers.
What it is and what it means – a guide for children and young people.
Helping children come to terms with dying and death
How music therapy has developed and what it can do
What it’s like being in care.
When a parent is at the end of life
Helping children to begin to trust
Offering answers to the sorts of questions children ask
Sharing the problems: a book based on experience.
A major independent publisher of professional texts
Games and resources for detached, outreach and street-based youth work.
Using narratives to facilitate attachment in adopted children
Group activities to help young girls aged 15-11 to cope with bullying
A cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on anger management for young people
A cheap camera intended for children
Guidance on a sensitive subject
Advice for young people in planning their careers
An introduction to astronomy for children
You can build anything!
This is one of the Family Doctor Books put out by the British Medical Association. At £4.95 for 208 pages of useful information it is clearly aimed at a mass readership, and in the introduction it says that the book is intended for “anyone bringing up, caring for or working with children – parents, carers, … Read more
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Health information in a handy format
A book for adopted children and their families to get to know each other.
A story to help children facing adoption to understand what’s happening.
Evidence-based practice for assessment and intervention.
Celebrating a service valued by parents, but not politicians
Celebrating fifty years of the Pre-School Learning Alliance
Learning to bake with stories
Putting relationships at the heart of secondary school organisation and design
Activities to help children and teens to stay safe in a texting twittering social networking world
A film to see, about child migration: unglamorised, unexaggerated and sobering
Learning from Forest Schools
A message from Learn Direct
Bringing sunrise to blind children.
A brief but comprehensive introduction to the main religions of the world and their ideas.
Eric and the Woolly Jumpers.
A book with graphic messages for professionals
A sort of updated Oliver Twist – gripping for adults and teenagers alike
How do you turn children into life-long readers? This has been my concern over the last three decades, and I’ve given it a great deal of thought. At last I’ve come up with three ingredients that you have to throw into the pot to produce the desired effect – and here they are! First of … Read more
Timeworn yet durable, the cloth-bound editions of By Sheer Pluck and With Roberts in Pretoria in my university library carry strange hieroglyphics on their flyleaf: “Upper III III div B6 dormitory”, “Tunbridge Wells, dormitory, Upper III.” The inscriptions suggest shared use, probably in the boys-only sleeping area of a private school. But neither of these … Read more
Challenging stereotypes: what are your children reading?
The dangers of library closures
The real science behind sex differences
A biography of an influential professional and a caring person
For reading, discussion or with a view to a qualification
Protecting Children and Young People from Harm and Abuse: Recognition and Response is aimed at all professional students training to work with children and young people to enhance their skills in recognising and acting on suspicion or evidence of abuse or harm. As such it can be used as a training manual, covering the National … Read more
Uprooted: The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917 contains 354 pages of painstakingly researched material (including 60 pages of notes, references etc.), but if that description makes you think that this must be a dry and dusty academic tome, think again. The story it tells is harrowing, and it has a cast of 80,000, … Read more
A classic – frightening and moving: the inside story about institutional life in Ireland
Covering both theory and practice
Better than bureaucracy
An important part of child care history which helped boys in need play a man’s role
Understanding the policy framework
A clear textbook about what is on the cover
How to help children survive separation and divorce
This collection of papers from a two year German-Israeli project offers an insight into the development of social pedagogy and a variety of ways of working with children and young people which will repay study by those seeking to take child care forward. Some of the papers were clearly written for the exchange and a … Read more