Whist it takes time to get ideas into a fully-fledged published paper, funding bid, conference presentation or report this should not make us hesitant to share our ideas in their early stages. There is also something to be said for never fully solidifying our ideas as knowledge and interpretation change all the time. The following blogs are approximately 1,000 words of free-flowing, challenging and preliminary thoughts or ideas that I want to share. I intend these blogs to raise more questions than they attempt to answer and to throw out possibilities and ideas that are sometimes conflicting and confusing. What else is a blog for?!
I have been told that it is healthy and indeed important to write regularly so new blogs will appear at least monthly I will write most of them but I also intend to have some guest blogs. So if anyone is interested in sharing their own preliminary thoughts on an area of relevance then get in touch.
I state quite clearly as the logo for my website that I claim to be a "Passionate Scholar" but what do I mean by this and why do I think it is an important position to hold?
During the making of this website I spoke to many practitioners and care leavers for their views and opinions on what I was developing. A space for care leavers and practioners - so that they can share a day in their lives - was put forward as a great idea.
As an adult care leaver myself I know all too well how hard it is to have your voice heard within the sector - and I work in it! This blogs positions a cry for us to listen to adult care leavers in working with young people in care and younger care leavers.
Highly qualified and well trained staff alongside good leadership are seen as central to positive and child-centred practice but if we do not regularly have space to reflect, ask questions and challenge practice then poor practices, attitudes and cultures can soon