In This Issue

In the Editorial we celebrate our twelve years of publication. A lot has happened in that time, and we have published over 2,100 articles. We wish you a Happy Christmas and encourage you to buy the Children Webmug. Give yourself a Christmas present.


News Views includes Scotland Street School Museum, the influence of individuals, Tell Us Once, adoption and Prime Ministers, character and child care, Youth and Policy, possible Ph D topics and ‘research’ (mainly about busy mums).

We are printing a paper given by Keith White at a recent conference run jointly by CELSIS and CCHN on his research into residential child care in Scotland and England.

Then there is a moving personal account by John of his childhood and how he coped with severe physical disability – the positives he encountered and the problems.                                               

Valerie Jackson writes of taking pride in the profession of being a teacher – not ‘just a job’.

In his regular column Keith White writes about the paramount importance of character.

The ICSE Professional Insights column looks at their Manifesto, and challenges child care workers to join and set the pace.

There is a report on Nottingham University research into childhood obesity, and another from the Anti-Bullying Alliance about the theme of the recent anti-bullying week – verbal bullying.

Family Doctor Books have provided information about their publications relating to children’s health.

Valerie Jackson has reviewed two books for children on adoptionMe and My Family and Dennis and the Big Decisions.

This month sees the close of Robert Shaw’s definitive series of Key Texts. First he has provided an overview article of some of the lessons to be learnt from the digests of the seventy-five Key Texts which he has prepared over three years. His final two contributions are Andrew Kirkwood’s Leicestershire Inquiry and the study of services for teenagers undertaken by John Triseliotis and others.


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