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Compliance is not always good

I spent the day on Thursday last week comforting my 16 year old daughter after she opened her GCSES results. I know it’s not an uncommon occurrence to feel disappointed …

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Not another way to punish?

This week my secondary school where my boys still attend (our daughter left last week) have decided to bring in yet another behaviour modification system. Something they truly seem to …

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What’s your hierarchy of needs?

Abraham Maslow’s theory know as the Hierarchy of needs has been around since 1943, and published in his paper ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. If you work with children and …

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How long is long enough?

How long is long enough to provide the support that vulnerable children need in order to develop? It’s a constant question we ask about our own children, but also from …

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The hunger drive

I’ve been thinking about food and being hungry for some weeks now, not just because I’ve been on a detox…but because it’s come up in lots of different places I’ve …

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Social Experiment

This week in our office we’ve been doing a social experiment based on reward systems in schools. It has been a focus for me over the last years to try …

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What’s your story?

I was listening to a friend talking last week about vulnerable young people in our community. She was talking about how many there are presently, why they might be classed …

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Wishing our lives away

Nearly five weeks into the academic year and I’m exhausted! Kids are exhausted too and I’ve heard many teachers and parents counting down the weeks if not days to half …

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Life Long Recovery

This weeks’ blog is a bit of a follow on from last week. I don’t usually do this, but I feel this topic is so important in helping us all …

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Surely they can control it….

I’m constantly reminded that we need to change our whole way of thinking when living or working with vulnerable children. Those with insecure attachment difficulties can not help the behaviours …

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Be brave in Education

I had a worrying and all too familiar email from an adoptive parent this week about her child’s experience at school. In this case a Secondary School but I know …