First Kid on the Moon: an extract

For National Child Protection Week: What follows is an extract from an unpublished fictional work written from the perspective of a young boy in the care system. The novel is titled First Kid on the Moon, and is in three voices: that of the teenager Zayde; his mum; and the social worker assigned to do casework.… Read More

‘How I survived a broken care system’

In this, National Child Protection Week [Australia], do follow this link to an article written by Aedan Brittain, who was himself a child in the care system. It is a moving commentary on a system that so frequently fails those children it is there to protect. https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/relationships/article/2018/09/04/how-i-survived-broken-care-system Aedan is now, among other things, an advocate for… Read More

On Storyboarding: an add-on to TLSW

Storyboarding is used mainly by creatives in cinema, TV, advertising and so on, as a visual way to represent a storyline. Similarly, it can be used by social workers and other professionals working in mental health, addictions, child protection and child abuse. So write Hiles, Essex, Fox and Luger in a paper titled: The ‘words and… Read More

We have reached the end of research. Question Mark.

The human mind will continue to explore, and there will be plenty of outlets to enable research: universities and research institutions within multi-nationals [think Google and Apple, IBM and then Governments]. There is a deluge of research, perhaps we are drowning in it. So would agree Gabor Mate, whom I first saw speak at the… Read More

That Trauma Conference: a postscript

So the Club has moved on. Yes, a conference is like a club, attended by the devout, come to witness the main attraction, star names who know one another so well since they are members of yet another, more exclusive club: Men of Science who circulate the globe almost endlessly as their reputations attract ever… Read More