Storing up trouble: NCB report exposes major failures in the system


In September 2017, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) launched an inquiry into the causes and consequences of varying thresholds for children’s social care. The Inquiry’s findings are published in the report ‘Storing up trouble: a postcode lottery of children’s social care’. This vital document exposes major failures in the system designed to support … Continue reading Storing up trouble: NCB report exposes major failures in the system

Turning Children’s Lives Around


At our latest Best Practice Forum in June 2018, our keynote speakers Richard Cross (Head of Assessment & Therapy for Five Rivers Child Care) and Alison Hodgetts (a Registered Clinical Psychologist) gave a talk entitled “Turning Children’s Lives Around” – overcoming the impact of childhood adversity through therapeutically focused integrated care.

Working with Traumatised Children and Young People – a personal reflection


Working with Traumatised Children and Young People – a personal reflection One aspect of my work is supervising therapists working in schools – @90% of whose caseload is with children who in their first few years either witnessed domestic violence, were physically abused, were neglected, emotionally abused or sexually abused. In a couple of cases … Continue reading Working with Traumatised Children and Young People – a personal reflection

Regional BPF – Teaching Traumatised Children and Young People


IRCT in partnership with Warwickshire Virtual School and Trinity School held a BPF for VSHs and Schools last Friday. It was an excellent day with three sought after speakers, who gave their precious time to talk about their work. Betsy de Thierry presented a framework for use in schools to identify what support and help … Continue reading Regional BPF – Teaching Traumatised Children and Young People

Another Successful BPF


‘Just Excellent’ ‘So many experts in one room’! We heard from  Mark Kerr:  ‘Care Past, Present and Future; a Critical Appraisal of Outcomes for Looked after Children’ Dr Matt Woolgar: ‘Taking care of the mental health needs of looked after children: Avoiding the one size fits all approach’ Feedback from participants was very positive: ‘Challenging and high quality … Continue reading Another Successful BPF

Best Practice Forum July 8th 2015


Lord Francis Listowel opened the event by welcoming us to the event at the House of Lords.  Dr Sean Cameron spoke on ‘The emotional warmth dimension of childcare; Empowering the carers of children who have been rejected, neglected and abused.’  He started his presentation by quoting Alice Millar, US Psychologist and author; ‘It is possible to love a … Continue reading Best Practice Forum July 8th 2015