Throwing yourself headlong down a sheet of ice Over the past few days I have enjoyed watching the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. While I have no desire to throw myself headlong down a sheet of ice at speeds faster than I would drive, I am nevertheless amazed at the skill, courage and grace of […]
Clare Shaw, Poet in Residence for the BASPCAN 2018 child protection congress reflects on Yoga, social connection, and safety… You can find out more about Clare, and read all her congress poems here Love as a Yoga Class in Bradford I believe that knowledge is power I believe that social connection is as […]
Addressing the Disconnects in Child Protection Practice Our latest issue of Child Abuse Review has been published and is freely available online. It is packed with thought-provoking articles that look at some of the disconnects in our thinking and practice around protecting children. I am particularly inspired by Jo Aldridge’s paper, ‘This is not just […]
Women’s Rights Today is the 100th anniversary of women being granted the vote in the UK. In the past 100 years great strides have been made in women’s rights. And yet the reality is that both in the UK and across the world, women continue to experience inequality, discrimination, disenfranchisement and abuse. This is particularly […]
One of the greatest challenges those of us involved in family services face is getting the right balance between support and intervention, care and challenge. With that in mind, many practitioners and academics are promoting moves away from methods targeting individual family members towards strength-based family-focused approaches. A Restorative Approach (RA) is one such approach […]
“We are givers because we were made that way, and if we don’t give, we are at odds with ourselves.” Miroslav Volf (2005) Free of charge: giving and forgiving in a culture stripped of Grace.
Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep,’ the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. By some strange irony, […]
This poem: a poem in two parts by Niamh, aged 10 and Clare, aged 45 for the BASPCAN 2018 child protection congress I This poem moves awkwardly. It lives in the sea, near the shore where the waves crash and poetry is swept onto the beach. This poem eats slimy things. […]