CSCI: Are you going to meet the challenge?

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By JOHN BURTON, independent social care consultant, Email:| In the 1970s I was head of a large, local authority children¹s home. At that time, the regulations for running children¹s homes ­ just a few pages long ­ were issued by the Home Office, and gave very little guidance as to how the job was to be done. There was comparatively little written about residential childcare, but some of what was available was superb. For theory, understanding and guidance, we relied largely on Christopher Beedell (Residential Life with Children, Routledge 1970), Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, and Donald Winnicott, who gave us theoretical and analytical ­ and in many ways very practical ­ frameworks within which we could practise therapeutic child care. But, facing the constant day-to-day challenges posed by needy and disturbed children and teenagers, we had to find our own way. I admit to some extent we muddled through ­ we experimented and made a lot of it up as we went along. Risky for the chil

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