Are high risk adolescents more likely to seek help from youth workers rather than teachers?

Practitioners who work with high-risk adolescents (HRA) often wonder who such adolescents turn to for help in times of crisis. A recent Israeli study looked at the differing reasons HRAs seek help from youth workers versus others, e.g. parents, peers and teachers. Youth workers were defined as workers in non-mainstream educational settings, which specialise in dealing with adolescents at risk.…

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Making the latest research accessible to Out of Home Care and Youth Justice Practitioners

The objective of my blog is to make the latest research accessible to Child Protection, Out of Home Care (OoHC) and Youth Justice (YJ) professionals and carers (i.e. referred collectively as ‘Practitioners’). It aims to answer the question of ‘what works’ for families and children involved the child protection and youth justice systems. The blog promotes accessibility by using plain…

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An absence of behavioural problems does not necessarily indicate that foster children are thriving

A recent Dutch study investigates the effectiveness of a program, Foster Family Intervention (FFI), at improving the quality of interactions between foster children and their carers.  The rationale is that children who do not exhibit behaviour problems may react in avoidant and resistant manners, giving carers the impression that these children do not need additional care. However, carers may not…

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