12 February 2017

Love in professional practice

Today we launch the special issue of love in professional practice; a collaboration between the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care and the International Journal of Social Pedagogy.

Guest edited by Dr Mark Smith, Head of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, this issue opens up a responsible and healthy discussion on love in professional practice.

It is a global discussion with articles from Canada, the United States, Norway, the Philippines and New Zealand as well as a crop of more home grown contributions.

Browse and read the rich mix of articles that explore the importance of love in children's lives and the complexity of what this means in a professional context.

  • Ruth Edmond discusses love in residential child care and how children and adults express their bonds in everyday life
  • Jennifer Vincent highlights an increasing openness to talk about love as well as differences of opinion about its place in professional practice
  • Keith White makes the case that someone must use the word love responsibly and healthily in relation to children