We hope you will find articles of interest to you and your colleagues and of course we would be delighted if you were to consider writing something for our next issue which will have a more general theme. Pasted below is the general notice we are sending out about the new issue. Best wishes from the editorial group.

Evelyn Daniel, Jane Kenny, Siobain Degregorio, Ariola Vishnja Zjarri, Mark Smith and Charles Sharpe

The good ship Issue 11 of the goodenoughcaring journal has docked at and brings with it an interesting cargo. Our theme is residential child care which has once again been buffeted by a storm of largely unfair demonisation from the media and politicians following the recent Rochdale court decisions.

More recently local authorities who are placing children in children’s homes a far distance from their local communities have come under fire. This is a matter the BBC made a great deal of on Newsnight on 13 June. Newsnight’s report can still be seen on BBC iplayer. Let’s hope that this issue can counter the inclement weather and allow us to shelter in the lee for a short period, while we take an opportunity for reflection.

In this issue

*           Zufliya Ashurmamadova describes the state of residential child care in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in central Asia;

*           John Burton discusses compliance and defiance in residential child care, and then offers a bonus piece on finance and budgeting in children’s homes;

*           John Cross gives his thoughts on Planned Environment Therapy;

*           Evelyn Daniel writes about private sector and wider residential child care matters in England;

*           Kevin Ellis evaluates his work with a “high impact” child in a residential           school;

*           Claire Cooper reflects on the journey of a keychild/keyworker relationship;

*           Phil Frampton looks back on his experience of residential child care and        espouses the need for more provision;

*           Mark Hardy examines the recording of shifts in residential child care;

*           Jeremy Millar concludes his reflections on Chris Beedell’s Residential LIfe with Children; and

*           John Stein speaks of the power of residential treatment;

*           editorially anchoring us is Mark Smith.

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