MRCs – are we still missing an opportunity?

In her latest blog on Movement Restriction Conditions (MRCs), published along with her Info Sheet, Donna McEwan shares one young person’s experience of being tagged to demonstrate the importance of understanding the full potential of MRCs. Data suggests we might be missing opportunities to use EM to its full and flexible potential as part of a wraparound support […]

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Slipping through the nets

Marie Gibson shares her experiences of feeling ‘on the edge of services and conversations’, and urges us not to fail trauma experienced children by letting them slip through the very ‘nets’ that are there to help them. A social worker who was writing a court report about me once described me as ‘sullen, uncommunicative and […]

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Just a wean in care

Our anonymous blogger talks about facing judgement as a care experienced young person, the importance of listening and why we must remember that every ‘wean in care’ is an individual case.  Once you are known as a “wean in care” it never goes away. You face constant judgment from everyone – social work, the police, […]

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Coming out as Care Experienced

 ‘Jeri’ reflects on the stigma she felt when identifying as a care experienced young person, and why speaking out changes attitudes. Coming out as Care Experienced Happily unpacking my suitcase for the first time, as I was unpacking it in my tiny little room at halls of residence in university and not into a supported […]

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Our wakeup call: A disappointing increase in offence referrals

We felt the need to write this blog following the publication of the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA) Annual Statistics, which show an increase in the number of offence referrals made for young people. Rather than use the old clichéd disclaimer about statistics, let’s say that statistics paint a picture, and it is for us […]

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Pink socks

I hate personal disclosures, which is rather unfortunate in this field of work, as we all need them. They remind me of pink socks; a constant reminder of that one time you accidently let a red sock sneak into the washing machine with your white ones. This doesn’t make you a bad person. It doesn’t […]

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Dual Diagnosis in Scottish prisons

According to statistics published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, mental health issues affect as many as 9 out of 10 prisoners. The Hughes Report quotes that 70% of all prisoners have combined mental health and substance misuse problems, meaning that 70% of prisoners suffer from ‘dual diagnosis’. Dual diagnosis is the combination of a […]

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A Walk Down Their Street

For those of you who do not know about ‘The Street’, then all I can say is you are missing out, and you need to get that sorted. I had been hoping for an opportunity to visit the Street project since I first heard about it three years ago, and a few weeks ago I […]

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A Whole System Approach – or is it a blog?

As a professional advisor to the youth justice team in the Scottish Government 8 years ago, I was in the very privileged position to be involved in the creation and implementation of the Whole System Approach (WSA), a new way for all agencies to work together to keep young people up to the age of […]

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