If you like the variety of articles we publish, you will enjoy this issue. We start with an Editorial which supports the stance taken by Barnardo’s on the excessive time taken in the Courts to obtain Care Orders, and we add some arguments of our own about the Costs of Taking Children into Care. We then have News Views.
Next we have a fascinating child care history paper by Dr Craig Fees, analysing the professional formation of psychiatrist Donald Winnicott, and a crucial lost episode in the history of therapeutic residential child care
Steve Walker then writes about important current developments in residential child care, focusing on restorative approaches and how building sound relationships helps to resolve issues and repair harm.
Keith White is writing this month about preparations – for holidays, for life, for the future of mankind.
Valerie Jackson looks at the important topic of bullying, and the need to tackle bullying as a social, educational and health issue
Beyond Caring by A.J. Stone is now on to Chapter 14. Is there a future for a boy with a past? The previous chapters are all there if you would like to read the whole book to date.
Next a news item from Scotland about a the use of IT games to help people appreciate the complexities of social work decision-making.
There are, as usual, two Key Texts prepared by Robert Shaw – The Adolescent Girl in Conflict by Gisela Konopka, a study which highlighted the lack of research about girl offenders, and Mother and Baby Homes by Jill Nicholson, the first comprehensive study of the subject.
There are also two Book Reviews, both being Kirwin Maclean publications which follow their predecessors in offering sound well-informed practical advice. They are Leadership and Management of Services for Children and Young People by Pete Connors, Rob Harrison and Siobhan Maclean, and Protecting Children and Young People from Harm and Abuse – Recognition and Response by Rita Hannah Langton and Siobhan Maclean, respectively reviewed by Wanda Gibson and Valerie Jackson.