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Tag Archives: childwelfareleadership
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 →
Removal from family: An enduring sensitivity
Posted on December 19, 2022 by colbypearce
The decision to remove a child or young person from the care of their birth parents is a grave one that confronts child protection authorities daily. Removal occurs with the intention of protecting the child from harm and securing their … Continue reading →
The Practitioner Scientist in Child Welfare
Posted on October 27, 2022 by colbypearce
Some know that while attaining my post-graduate qualifications in Psychology I worked for five years as a Research Officer in the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). During this period I worked closely with Psychiatry staff who were … Continue reading →
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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
What is the infant’s experience of early trauma?
Posted on June 17, 2022 by colbypearce
Below are my notes from a twenty-minute presentation I delivered on 15/6/22 on behalf of The Tweddle Foundation, at their event marking Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Good morning. My name is Colby Pearce, and I am a practising … Continue reading →
Why does my child antagonize others and then complain of being bullied?
Posted on February 24, 2022 by colbypearce
Antagonizing others and then complaining of being bullied, though it is easily viewed as irrational and self-defeating, stems from very real (and justified) feelings of being poorly treated in life. Children and young people who have experienced relational trauma are … Continue reading →
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged attachment theory, childwelfare, childwelfareleadership, educators, fostercare, kinshipcare, parents, psychology, socialcare, teachers, traumainformed | Leave a comment
Why does my child lie?
Posted on February 22, 2022 by colbypearce
Lying is not necessarily evidence of a character flaw or lack of connection with reality. Children and young people who are recovering from a tough start to life due to abuse and neglect lie for self-protection. Such is their profound … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed | Tagged adoption, childwelfare, childwelfareleadership, counsellor, educator, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, psychologist, psychotherapist, socialcare, socialworker, teacher, traumainformed | 1 Comment
What is the distinctive atmosphere or quality that you project in your role?
Posted on December 31, 2021 by colbypearce
A quick Google search reveals that aura can be defined as the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place (Oxford Languages). In my work, I am particularly interested in the … Continue reading →
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