Rethinking foster care: Molly McGrath Tierney at TEDx

Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services tells you just about everything you need to know about child welfare and foster care in America

Source: National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

Have parents become the enemy in social work?

Social work practice with families is becoming increasingly about mutual distrust and fear, says Maggie Mellon

by Maggie Mellon, BASW Vice Chair

I believe that suspicion of parents and of families has become corrosive, and is distorting the values of our profession.

For the last 20 plus years the number of investigations or assessments into families suspected of child abuse has climbed steadily upwards and now accounts for one in 20 families in England and Wales.

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How the State makes a Bad Parent

Open letter to the Scottish `Parliament.  This is an article I have written about the childrens hearings and why they need to be reviewed. It will be of interest to any parent who has had to attend a hearing.  Sentence first, trial later for many parents and children who are separated by decisions of the hearings, and dont get to have the case heard until the child has been hurt and the family broken.

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How stress affects your brain – Madhumita Murgia


Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain.

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Supporting Mothers BBC Radio 4

Kerry Littleford argues that mothers who have multiple children taken into care need help to stop it happening again.

As she shares her own story, Kerry makes the case for focusing not just on the children who have been taken into care, but the women whose problems haven’t gone away.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Click below to listen.

Source: Four Thought

Mutual Expectations – A Charter For Parents And Local Authority Children’s Services

This Charter(1) aims to promote effective, mutually respectful partnership working between practitioners and families when children are subject to statutory intervention. Such intervention can involve child welfare and family justice, mental health, education and youth justice systems.

This Charter is written for parents,(2) local authorities and their partner agencies and those working for them.

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The Frustration of the Text Based World

black-board-dyslexiaMy life as a severely dyslexic person can be overwhelmingly frustrating, upsetting, humiliating and just down right depressing sometimes in the text based world.

I really hate paperwork. The thought of filling in a form or having to search through piles of data looking for the letter you were supposed to rely to but forgot or the form attached to a letter to be filling in and returned with the envelope provided and having to search for all three then get help to fill them in from my son is such an ordeal.

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