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

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For National Child Protection Week: What follows is an extract from an unpublished fictional work written from the perspective of a young boy in the care system.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

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

Childhood Trauma Conference Day Three

There are many paths we travel: real paths and those that have a story. In fact, both are connected. Actually, everything is connected; and this is a theme I detected today and is one which has emerged over the last couple of days. So, if we accept that all behaviour is communication, that we need… Read More