Gareth Wall (United Kingdom)
A new website www.residentialchildcare.ning.com that is dedicated to networking with fellow professionals in Residential Child Care has been launched. It is meant as a kind of professional version of facebook where there is a space provided to discuss the nuances of Residential Care any time of the day and night. It is free and there are no conference costs or travel arrangements to make. There are now over a 140 members within the world of Residential Child and Youth Care.
Residential Child Care is about nurturing young people and allowing them to grow and fulfill their potential. I believe that this is the same for us as professionals and this website will allow us and others to give confidence and support those that we work with and those that are members of the network.
There are areas on the website devoted to sharing information including, Children’s Home Managers, Social Pedagogy, Best Practice, Reflective Practice, Restorative Justice, Help and Advice,Training and Events. Jonathan Stanley from NCERCC in England is already a member and is participating in discussions on the site along with Jennifer Davison the Director from SIRCC.
The purpose of the site is that of a community to share ideas and problems and provide a place that professionals can network. Hopefully with a growing membership we will be able to help solve some of the problems and find new and innovative ways of working.