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

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

What will the journey look like for the survivors of Rotherham?


What will the journey look like for the survivors of Rotherham? In order to comprehend the recovery journey for a child such as those in the recent sexual exploitation cases in Rotherham, this paper shall paint a picture of the journey for a child victim from the point of disclosure. The first disclosure For a … Continue reading What will the journey look like for the survivors of Rotherham?

Rotherham CSE and need to provide trauma recovery


A large-scale national disaster is being unveiled by the media across the UK, following the launch of the Rotherham Abuse Inquiry report released on 26th August 2014. No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham, but the current conservative estimate is approximately 1400 children sexually exploited over the full Inquiry period from … Continue reading Rotherham CSE and need to provide trauma recovery

Attachment Aware/Trauma Informed Practice in School


I am very fortunate that my office is three doors away from the school counsellor.  I say fortunate because I am able to speak relatively regularly to her, and not only gain incredible insight from her comments but also to recognise and celebrate the unique and positive impact she has upon the school community.  I … Continue reading Attachment Aware/Trauma Informed Practice in School

IRCT Best Practice Forum – Launch Day


Lord Francis Listowel, IRCT Patron, opened the Forum by welcoming members. He stressed the importance of the Forum members to join the IRCT to share good practice and he ably articulated the personal element of working to ensure that recovery is available to all children who have experienced trauma. Stephen Bell, Chair of the IRCT … Continue reading IRCT Best Practice Forum – Launch Day