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A general view of Jersey

Scotland and Jersey: working together to make change happen

As part of Care Experienced Week, David Grimm has written a blog post and Simone Smith shares a vlog describing the learning and discussion from a group of care…

25 October 2019
High school children on a staircase at school

Looked After children and young people and rights to education: Accessing the right to Coordinated Support Plans

This article was first published by The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland on 23 October 2019

24 October 2019
Turning conversation into action

Turning conversation into action

It is with our gratitude to each and every contributor to the series and the subsequent discussions that we draw this to a close here, but this is not, and must…

18 October 2019
Adults in a meeting

2019 - a year of real opportunity in residential child care

John Ryan, Assistant Director, Aberlour, reflects on what this new conversation about the use of restraint means for those working in residential care with…

16 October 2019
people listening to a young man in a meeting

Professional training is essential to provide the best support for our young people

We know there are many things that need to change in residential child care in Scotland, and as a service manager, our team has been looking closely at our…

15 October 2019
There's no place for physical restraint in residential child care

There's no place for physical restraint in residential child care

There’s no place for physical restraint in residential child care in the 21st century – there, I’ve said it, put it out there! I advocate for a total ban on…

14 October 2019

‘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