Leaving care: the argument to raise from 18 to 21

A seminar at my local university, Southern Cross, here on the Gold Coast, where Paul McDonald of Home Stretch speaks about the campaign to support young people in care until they are at least 21. The evidence is there, he says, and is supported by research from Deloitte Access Economics, as well as countries that have… Read More

Being in Care: Lemn Sissay

Do listen to this podcast on the Big Ideas network [ABC Australia]: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/lemn-sissay-on-the-abuse-he-suffered-in-state-care/10425148 If you haven’t heard of Lemn Sissay check out his blog: http://blog.lemnsissay.com/#sthash.9cSHsV4T.dpbs  

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For National Child Protection Week: What follows is an extract from an unpublished fictional work written from the perspective of a young boy in the care system.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