Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.

By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal

I believe that a significant number of troubled children and young people are best helped by the provision of  residential child care  Amongst these I would include those who, though they may for the time being not be able to live with their families, but who nonetheless have such a strong feeling of  belonging that they do not wish to make themselves available to substitute family care. I would also include those children who find the intensity of family relationships too much to bear, and those for whom, as a consequence of past experiences,  the notion of family life is too threatening.

I am a residential child care worker. I am proud of much of the work my colleagues and I have done over the last 40 years…..This personal statement from 19 June 2009 is most apposite given the various reviews of care underway. (Residential Forum comment). Read in full at Source: Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession. By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal

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