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Tag Archives: parenting
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 →
What attachment security looks like
Posted on November 1, 2022 by colbypearce
In the first blog of this series about child welfare intervention outcomes, I wrote about the importance of knowing, and being able to say, what progress toward successful outcomes looks like. In this second blog of the series, I will … Continue reading →
Posted in Adoption, Fostering, kinship care, trauma informed | Tagged adoption, attachment, attachmentdisorder, attachmenttheory, familyservices, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, psychology, socialcare, socialwork, traumainformed | 2 Comments
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 →
How do I get my child to go to sleep in their own bed?
Posted on April 21, 2022 by colbypearce
In this blog I describe a methodology I used with my own children, and recommend in my practice. Before doing so, I would advise that this is a routine that I sustained across years. My children and I enjoyed this … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting | Tagged children's sleep, foster carer, fostering, kinship carer, parent, parenting, psychology, resilience, sleep, trauma informed, wellbeing | Leave a comment
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
Why does my child follow me to the bathroom?
Posted on March 14, 2022 by colbypearce
Those who take care of children who are recovering from a tough start to life commonly report that the child in their care follows them to the bathroom, and becomes unreasonably distressed when prevented from doing so. In my experience … Continue reading →
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 →