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Therapeutic Childcare Conference – 2018

Continuing for another year, The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and Wrexham-Glyndwr University present the 2018 Therapeutic Childcare Conference “WHY RELATIONSHIPS MATTER: Responding to Trauma and Attachment in the Classroom”.  

Really good to see a focus on education as an integrated part of therapeutic work.

22 of March – on the University campus

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The Continuing Failure to Protect from Childhood Neglect

The detrimental effects of abuse and neglect are now better understood.  Neglect remains the most  common form of child maltreatment in the UK, and children who are neglected may be profoundly harmed by the experience.  Yet it still often thought about as less harmful than abuse.  Victims may suffer lifelong consequences including low self-esteem, loss of trust, and flashbacks to trauma.   It is also increasingly recognized that neglect can be even more damaging than other, more active, forms of abuse.  Sadly, the two often occur together.

The third annual review of child neglect in the UK carried out by Action for Children in partnership with the University of Stirling.  For the first time the review includes the views of children. The review found that although reductions in public sector funding are having an impact on systems to support and protect children, many young people value the efforts of professionals.  However, professional support does not always go well, and there is “widespread anxiety about approaching health services for for help – even when it became necessary to take a child to the GP or to Accident and Emergency Services at the hospital. Many parents said that they felt viewed with suspicion by health professionals, as someone who had harmed or might harm their child or, at the other extreme, as a parent who was worrying for nothing and being over-protective” (p.38).  Parents highlight the stigma attached to asking for support, particular from mental health services.  One parent explained:

‘CAMHS wouldn’t support me until my home life was stable, and when I worked really hard to do that, I went back and I didn’t meet their criteria….It feels like you have got to fail at something before you get any help.’

The regulatory inspector in England (Ofsted) claims that local authorities are not doing enough to protect children from neglect.  Read the full report from Action for Children

 

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