1 day ago
How Your Gut Bacteria May Be Controlling Your Brain

"The brain may be one of the most complex objects known to humankind, but science has suggested the digestive system is of equal importance, especially when it comes to our emotional health. Your gut is teeming with trillions of bacteria, making up what’s known as the microbiome. Collectively weighing up to two kilograms (heavier than the average brain), the microbiome plays a vital role in ... See more

The gut and brain are intrinsically linked, and studies show the connection could play a crucial role in your mental health.

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5 days ago
Community Violence

‘Community violence is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim. Common types of community violence that affect youth include individual and group conflicts (e.g., bullying, fights among gangs and other groups, shootings in public areas such as schools and communities, civil wars in foreign ... See more

Community violence is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim.

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5 days ago
Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?

The policy implications are clear, says Jonathan Purtle, a mental health policy researcher and assistant professor at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health. "We need to prevent these things from happening to children and support family and community so that people can be more resilient," he says. Policymakers can create coalitions around issues like mental health and ... See more

New research highlights the link between childhood trauma and mental illness and addiction in adulthood, leading some researchers to call it an issue as pressing as any infectious disease.

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6 days ago
Vulnerable children treated ‘like cattle’ in care home system

‘Vulnerable children are being “treated like cattle” and moved around care homes in England and Wales, with councils routinely inviting companies to compete for the contracts through an online bidding process, experts have said.
A Guardian investigation found evidence of local authorities putting the personal details of children in online adverts, including information about previous sexual ... See more

Experts raise concerns over safety and privacy of young people in social care system in England and Wales

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6 days ago
Child protection services near crisis as demand rises

Very interesting read with research.

Significant harm investigations have more than doubled in England over a decade - but what do we know about the children most in need?

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1 week ago
A public health perspective on poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The responsibility for action
“In the course of raising awareness about ACEs, there is a risk of putting too much responsibility for action on individuals. This can draw our attention away from the hugely important social, economic and political factors that shape and influence the circumstances in which we live. We must consider the external factors which can place additional pressure and ... See more

Katy Hetherington from NHS Health Scotland calls for action across all sectors to ensure children and families can thrive.

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1 week ago
'It's unfair': UN envoy meets children living in poverty in Scotland

“United Nations rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights squeezed onto a school bench alongside a dozen children in one of Glasgow’s most deprived neighbourhoods and posed a question: “Who should help poor people?”
“The rich people,” Soroush, one of the children, shot back. “It’s unfair to have people earning billions of pounds and have other people living on benefits.”
It ... See more

Philip Alston is on a tour of the UK and will report his findings into the causes and effects of poverty next week

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1 week ago

This is what needs to be done and this is a lot of work, time and commitment. Trauma Awareness,Trauma informed and Trauma Informed Care and Practice are different things! Karen Treisman thanks.

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1 week ago
Trauma-Informed Care and Why It Matters

“The general public has little understanding of the ramifications of trauma. The result of this lack of understanding goes beyond an empathy gap or the lack of appropriate response for victims of trauma. It can result in judgmental attitudes and even re-victimization of those who have survived trauma. For example, when people say they don’t understand why women in abusive relationships ... See more

How we’re falling short in treating trauma victims and what we can do to fix it.

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1 week ago
State of trauma in young children and changes to the brain

“Feeling unsafe is the defining experience of any child who has experienced complex trauma so it is not enough for us to know they are safe, they need to feel safe and we make them safe by building strong relationships with them, by listening to them, and responding appropriately to their needs,” she said.
“If a teacher in a classroom has a child who is having a meltdown, instead of telling ... See more

Considerations for education and trauma-informed care

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1 week ago
Let Your Kids Be Mad At You

Great read with a twist! Short. “I always write my posts from personal experience, though I am rarely the protagonist. This story is especially personal and, honestly, it feels a bit risky to share, but it’s important, so I’m taking the plunge…”

I always write my posts from personal experience, though I am rarely the protagonist. This story is especially personal and, honestly, it feels a bit risky to share, but it’s important, so I’m taking the plunge… I had the perfect...

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1 week ago

Lovely 😊

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1 week ago
What Newborns Need for a Healthy Psychological Start

'When I was a new mom, there were plenty of books about how to physically care for a newborn: how to swaddle, how to change a diaper, and how to treat skin conditions. But there was next to nothing on how to care for a newborn’s psychological well-being. What’s important for infant mental health? Erik Erikson, the famed psychoanalyst of the sixties, recommended eye contact for the foundation ... See more

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1 week ago
Loving Touch Is Key to Healthy Brain Development

Essential Read/Short. 'A study released on October 8, 2013 confirms the importance of human touch to healthy brain development. Researchers in the UK found that loving touch, characterized by a slow caress or gentle stroking increases the brain's ability to construct a sense of body ownership and plays a big part in creating and sustaining a healthy sense of self.
Much like the instinct to ... See more

Slow, caressing, “affective” touch helps develop your sense of self.

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1 week ago
What Kids Worry and Fear at Different Ages @ Dr. Deborah MacNamara

“For the young child their fear is often alleviated through connection with caring adults who provide safety and reassurance. As a child ages, their increasing maturity will mean they will need to find both courage and tears to face their fears. This growth can be cultivated with the help of adults they trust and can count on.” Helpful article with practical strategies. Short read.

Kids have worries – from monsters to natural disasters. They can appear at random or may be triggered by everyday events. Their increasing awareness of the world, who is in it, and being able to anticipate bad things happening, can all increase their alarm.

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1 week ago
Trauma-informed care: What it is, and why it’s important - Harvard Health Blog

“For someone who has experienced trauma, the hospital or doctor’s office can be a scary place. Dr. Lincoln explains: “Patients often do not volunteer such information about prior experiences, because of guilt or shame. Medical professionals often ask about safety in a patient’s present relationships, but few ask about past experiences. A simple question such as, “Is there anything in ... See more

Medical exams can be invasive. Because many people have experienced some form of trauma and may be uncomfortable with aspects of the exam, healthcare providers should approach care with consideration for what patients may have experienced.

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1 week ago

Baby carrying 🤗 humans been doing it for 1000’s of years.

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1 week ago
5 Questions to Turn Any Challenge Into Growth

“Despite a half-dozen reminders, multiple timers going off, and several “heads up” warnings, when it’s time for her daughter to get off her iPad and come to the dinner table, Charlotte finds herself in the same exact power struggle she’s been through what feels like hundreds of times before.

As Charlotte coaxes, pleads, or raises her voice, she grows frustrated, annoyed. Shouldn’t we ... See more

How to find the opportunities for learning in difficult moments with our kids.

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1 week ago
Rise in children 'farmed out' to care homes

“Ms Coffey said some children were being sent as far as 100 miles from where they live "where they have no friends or family circles or local social workers", creating a "perfect storm where it is increasingly difficult to protect [them]". News item/short read.

Labour MP Ann Coffey says some children are being sent as far as 100 miles from where they live.

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2 weeks ago

Indeed 🤗

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2 weeks ago
The Importance of Human Relationships

'In my own work as a social work practitioner and professor of social work, I know that when I focus on technique or facts and forget to connect with those around me, I fail. When I trust myself, relax, and enjoy the company I keep, the job gets done. I learned this early in my career, when interviewing an elderly Hispanic couple. I practiced the technique of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with ... See more

The best social work students, practitioners, and teachers are not those who are encyclopedic in their knowledge or flawless in their technique, but those who show that each person they meet is the center of the universe at that moment.

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2 weeks ago
Maggie Dent: 5 ways to raise our boys well (and the value of a well-placed fart)

"Working out how your boy receives love is important, but Maggie says there is always one surefire way to make a connection.
“Don't forget the power of the little tiny fart. From a mum to a son, a little quiet fart next to them can be a sign of bonding and love, especially when they're 14 and not wanting to talk to you. Trust me, it's in their language.”
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Mums have a big role to play in raising healthy, happy boys, says Maggie Dent.

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2 weeks ago
One of the Most Important Things Our Teens Need From Us - What, Why, and How to Give it To Them. -

'Adolescence will work the same way, and the temptation to hold on tight to our teens and control the path that lies ahead of them will be bigger and more fierce than ever – but our response has to be different. As littles, they craved us. They’d seek us out, they’d want us close, and kissing them goodbye in front of their mates didn’t bother them a bit.
During adolescence, things start ... See more

As our adolescents navigate their way from childhood to adolescence, they will wobble, fall and rise many times. They’ve done this before – as tinies when they were discovering their walking legs. We stayed close, held them up, and let go when we needed to. We knew they wouldn’t learn to walk ...

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2 weeks ago
Why 'lazy parenting' is actually a recipe for happy families

"Lazy parenting is about intentionally providing your child with opportunities to develop a sense of self-efficacy, which in turn will bolster confidence, independence, and responsibility. It's about mindfully stepping back to allow your child to struggle on their own for a minute rather than rushing in and rescuing. It's about letting your child find out just how much they are capable of. And ... See more

Turns out it's not lazy at all.

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2 weeks ago
How to Be a Strength-Based Parent

'My stomach knotted as I came home after a long day at work to find my fifteen-year-old son Nick playing “Fortnite.” Again.
Just yesterday, I’d spoken with him (read: snapped at him) about screen time. Today, an argument began. Again.
He felt angry. I felt frustrated. We both felt misunderstood.
Why do we zoom in on the things about our children that concern us more than the things that ... See more

By focusing on our children's strengths, we can help them flourish—and stop being so critical and worried.

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2 weeks ago
Irish Attachment In Action | ‘Bonding and Attachment’ Free Event, 16th November, Dublin 2, Irish Neonatal Health Alliance

Invite to IAIA members. This fee event is open to members, to register click on the link. A very interesting and exciting program.

‘Bonding and Attachment’ Free Event, 16th November, Dublin 2, Irish Neonatal Health Alliance Posted at h in Events by Paul 0 Comments 0 Likes Share ‘With One in Ten babies born prematurely world wide’; Irish Neonatal Health Alliance are hosting an exciting morning event to celebrate World Pr...

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2 weeks ago
Emotions: how humans regulate them and why some people can't

'Before an emotion arises there is first a situation, which can be external: such as a spider creeping nearer, or internal: thinking that you are not good enough. This is then attended to – we focus on the situation – before we appraise it. Put simply, the situation is evaluated in terms of the meaning it holds for ourselves. This meaning then gives rise to an emotional response.
Psychologist ... See more

Managing your feelings takes more than just turning that frown upside down.

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2 weeks ago
Western Health and Social Care Trust

Public event may be of interest to local members.

Have you considered a career in Social Care?

There are jobs available in this area within the community, residential and nursing homes with full training provided and flexible hours are available.

You are invited to the "Social Care Recruitment Events" for a cup of tea and speak with lots of local employers, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council for advice and South West College to ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Majority of social workers looking to leave their job within the next 16 months, says new research

‘Lonely and dispiriting’

“One social worker emphasised the poor conditions practitioners are currently experiencing, saying that “children’s social work can feel like a very lonely and dispiriting place to work. Unmanageable caseloads, burdensome and repetitive procedures, clumsy IT systems and inadequate support makes me consider my future all the time.

“I feel worse for the ... See more

An increasing number of social workers are looking to leave their jobs as working conditions remain “chronically poor” within the sector, according to new research. The UK Social Workers: Working Conditions and Wellbeing research, co-commissioned by Social Workers Union (SWU) and the British Ass...

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2 weeks ago
Separation Is Never Ending: Attachment Is a Human Right

Excellent article on the children of undocumented migrants in the USA , of interest to all. ‘We humans do not run to a cave or a den when we are scared. When we are very young, we cry for our parents. Then we crawl to them. Then we run to them. It doesn’t matter if these are “good” parents or not—chances are, they are our best chance of surviving, especially since we have the most ... See more

Why 40 researchers say attachment is a basic right and separation a clear wrong.

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