I would like to thank Keith White, David Lane, and all the Children Webmag team for their dedicated work to establish and develop it since 2000. At this point of transition I feel it is a great privilege and honour to be taking over as Chair.
I hold huge respect for the history and legacy of the Webmag as it has developed so far, and our intention is to further develop it as a journal of practice papers for those involved in the ‘lived experience’ of caring for children and young people.
We will aim to extend the influence and reach of the Children Webmag under the auspices of the ‘National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care’ a free alliance of organisations which has been set up to promote reflective practice, best practice and research, and lobby for improved ‘relationship based’ policy for the residential and fostering sectors. The National Centre is run from the Mulberry Bush School a therapeutic residential school founded by Barbara Dockar- Drysdale in 1948. The school continues to provide specialist residential therapeutic care, education and treatment to severely emotionally troubled children aged 5-13 and their families.
We hope that you will continue to support, write for, and use the Webmag as a vehicle to promote the interests of all those working to meet the needs of children and young people.