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Tag Archives: childprotection
Why do my child’s support professionals say that behaviour management doesn’t work?
Posted on February 2, 2023 by colbypearce
Conventional responses to behaviours of concern, such as reward and punishment strategies, are widely considered to be ineffective in addressing the complex and challenging behaviours exhibited by children and young people who have experienced complex, relational, or early/developmental trauma. This … Continue reading →
Practice alignment: How important is it in child welfare?
Posted on September 25, 2022 by colbypearce
A child leaves their placement to attend school, where acceptance and belonging are contingent on adhering to the school’s behaviour expectations. They leave school to go to sports practice, where acceptance and belonging are contingent on being good enough to … Continue reading →
Achieving best outcomes from care
Posted on September 7, 2022 by colbypearce
Twenty-seven years continuous work in child protection and child welfare, including ongoing work with young adults who have transitioned from Care, has taught me some extremely valuable lessons about long-term outcomes of a childhood spent in State Care. In particular, … Continue reading →
Posted in Attachment, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, Therapy, trauma informed, trauma informed care, Trauma Informed Schools | Tagged childprotection, childwelfare, childwelfareleadership, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, psychology, socialcare, socialwork, teachers, traumainformed, traumainformedschools | Leave a comment
Children (and Young People) who Foster
Posted on July 31, 2022 by colbypearce
I need my mum and dad to be there for me without me having to ask; to say the words that show that they understand what is happening for me and our family right now; to show that my needs are important without me having to explain them; and to sit with me and experience what I am feeling. Continue reading →
Posted in Fostering, kinship care | Tagged adoption, attachment, childprotection, childwelfare, childwelfareleadership, foster, fostercare, fostering, kinshipcare, parenting, socialcare, socialworkers, traumainformed | 4 Comments
Why does my child need ‘therapeutic care’?
Posted on April 1, 2022 by colbypearce
A child’s adjustment, like many aspects of their functioning, is usefully thought of as sitting on a spectrum ranging from maladjustment at one end to positive adjustment at the other end. Where a child is on this spectrum depends on … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed care | Tagged adoption, childprotection, childwelfare, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, socialwork, trauma informed | Leave a comment
Why does my child chew their clothes?
Posted on March 16, 2022 by colbypearce
Chewing their clothes is not necessarily evidence of wilful damage or a lack of respect. For many children it is an exaggeration of a very natural way in which they regulate their nervous system. As such, it is better conceptualised … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Attachment, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed | Tagged attachment, childprotection, childwelfare, educator, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, psychology, socialcare, teacher, traumainformed | Leave a comment
What does my child’s recovery from early trauma look like?
Posted on February 27, 2022 by colbypearce
Anyone who has played Spotto (Spot the yellow car) with children knows that there are many more yellow cars on the road than you typically notice when driving. Similarly, when playing I Spy there are many more things starting with … Continue reading →
A common knowledge, language, and approach for parents, professionals, and organisations: The CARE Curriculum
Posted on January 22, 2021 by colbypearce
The CARE Curriculum offers a comprehensive approach to the delivery of culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed and -responsive services among families recovering from adverse life and family circumstances, via the delivery of enriched CARE. Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Attachment, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, Training Programs, trauma informed, trauma informed care, trauma informed practice | Tagged adoption, attachment, attachment theory, childprotection, childwelfare, childwelfareleadership, fostercare, kinshipcare, mentalhealth, psychology, socialcare, socialwork, trauma, traumainformed, traumainformedcare, traumainformedpractice, traumaresponsive | Leave a comment
A little extra emotional connectedness
Posted on March 26, 2020 by colbypearce
Emotional connectedness is a by-product of interaction. When you are interacting with a person you are likely to feel an ‘echo’ of their emotion. This is a form of empathy that is instinctive and, with few exceptions, we all have … Continue reading →