A message from Charles Sharpe

The new issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal is now online. We are very excited about the variety of articles we have been able to assemble for this issue and we hope that you will find much to interest you in issue Number 8 which you will find published online at

In this our 8th issue,

  • young Londoner Alexander Nicolaou speaks about what becoming an award-winning documentary film maker has meant to him;
  • German social worker Harald Stoelting gives us his thoughts on becoming a residential child care worker in the United Kingdom;
  • John Cross, the Executive Director of the of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, reflects on his work in therapeutic communities for children and considers how troubled children may be nurtured;
  • the Man Booker prize winning author Hilary Mantel recalls being a social worker;
  • Kevin Lalor and Rosaleen McElvaney of the Dublin Institute of Technology write about the nature and prevalence of child sexual abuse in Europe with reference to a new campaign by the Council of Europe to eliminate child abuse;
  • child care consultant Cynthia Cross thinks about the kind of children who might be helped by a therapeutic residential child care, experience;
  • John Stein asks if residential child care is really necessary;
  • Ariola Vishnja Zjarri talks about transference and counter-transference in her work with young adults;
  • Sheila Wilson discusses the significance of inter-disciplinary communication in child care work;
  • Max Smart, the manager of a home for young people in Scotland, writes about generosity in residential child care,
  • and there are book reviews from Noel Howard, the editor of Curam, and Mark Smith of the University of Edinburgh.

Please remember that we welcome the submission of articles, essays, poems and stories of any length and style as long as they are about the nurturing children and young people.

With good wishes to you from Ariola Vishnja Zjarri, Mark Smith, Siobain Degregorio, Evelyn Daniel, Jane Kenny and Charles Sharpe.

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