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‘Why didn’t you f*cking restrain me’: when physical restraint can meet a child’s need

John Radoux, a child and adolescent counsellor who grew up in care and works in children's homes discusses why we need to reevaluate attitudes to physical…

11 October 2019
A young person talking to their social worker

Can theory be an ally in efforts to reduce physical restraint?

Erica Barr is a House Leader with South Ayrshire Council. Here she discusses the need to link theory with practice to improve our understanding of children and…

10 October 2019
A young man looking  despondent

Unintended consequences: Restraint and criminalisation of looked after children

The criminisation of children in residential care. We need to be careful when changing practice as there can be unintended consequences.

08 October 2019
A child defensively holding his hand in front of his face

Should our young people be experiencing physical restraint at any level?

David Grimm asks if physical restraint should be used at all in residential child care, using his own experience of care to discuss the ability to adapt to the…

03 October 2019
A man hugging two children

Why it is the right time to equally protect children

Louise Hill talks about the impact of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill in Scotland.

02 October 2019
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Physical Restraint in Residential Child Care: A Watershed Moment?

Laura Steckley explains how people are coming together to consider how to apply what we know about both experience and theory to address the practice of…

01 October 2019
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We need to talk about physical restraint

Joanne McMeeking heads up the Improving Care Experiences team at CELCIS. Here she explains why we need to put physical restraint in residential child care under…

01 October 2019

The right way forward: how best to incorporate the UNCRC for Scotland’s children

Incorporation of the UNCRC is an important piece of a jigsaw puzzle, but on its own it is not enough. Lizzie Morton explains the thinking behind the CELCIS…

28 August 2019
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An Ayrshire school where care experienced young people’s views are taken seriously

South Ayrshire CHAMPS Board is working in partnership with Belmont Academy in Ayr to bring care experienced young people together and support and encourage…

27 August 2019
Students working in a college library

How can it be that ‘being a student with care experience is very daunting’ and ‘…..supportive, inclusive, diverse and fun… a joy actually’?

Why is there such a dichotomy in these two direct accounts from students with care experience? What makes the experience daunting? What makes it a joy?

23 August 2019