Oak Trees and Instagrams by Keith White

On a trip to nearby Epping Forest four of the children with us were delighted to discover Pulpit Oak, probably over four hundred years old, and a boundary marker between the districts of Buckhurst Hill and Loughton.  They clambered over what remained of its gnarled broad trunk and imagined it as a sailing boat, sitting … Read more

International Centre News – 1 August 2022

Access, Trauma and the Power of Connection We want to start this August edition by expressing our thanks to John Diamond for his work in making the TCJ what it is today, and hope that he is starting to enjoy his retirement! Best of luck for your new adventure John. We thought it would be … Read more

Care Leavers and Health CLA – a paper from 2017

It is well known that care leavers experience disproportionately more disadvantage than the general population. And we know in what areas this is likely to manifest itself: education, housing, finance, criminal justice, self-esteem, health etc More often than not there is some acknowledgement of the effects of this disadvantage but very little being done to … Read more

Records Access, Justice and Trauma by Gareth Beynon

The importance of access to one’s own records is increasingly being recognised as significant, and data protection legislation in many jurisdictions has aimed to enshrine this as a right in law. Care experienced people have repeatedly stated that their childhood memories are often fragmented or unclear, and that access to their records can be a … Read more

When it All Comes Together by Keith White

When I was studying at Oxford University there were occasional invitations to make up a college rowing eight.  No previous experience was required: sometimes it was simply a case of getting someone to sit on an empty seat.  There were practice sessions fitted in around other educational or sporting commitments just to ensure that we … Read more

International Centre News – 1st June 2022

Special Edition: ‘50 years of early years provision 1971-2021’ We are delighted to have such an eminent group of writers with direct research, policy development and service delivery experience for this special edition of the TCJ. Our first paper by Sonia Jackson reflects on ‘how the work of the Plowden Report (1967) sent Early Childhood … Read more

The Roots of Hospitality. By Keith White.

On a beach near Borth-y-Gest during August 2021 a visiting family greeted us as we arrived by sailing dinghy.  Once we had disembarked and stowed our buoyancy aids and lunch, the adults struck up conversation during which we discovered that our new-found friends had roots in Poland. Meanwhile one of the young girls in our … Read more

Snails and Comenius. By Keith White

The inspiration for this piece was an unlikely combination of recent rain, and Melvyn Bragg’s BBC Radio 4 programme, In our Time. It was the rain in East London that brought out the snails, and Melvyn Bragg who introduced me to Comenius.  Let’s start chronologically…with Johan Amos Comenius (1592-1670).  If, like me you didn’t know … Read more