Ain’t Misbehaving

First published in Children and Young People Now, May 2016

Kathy Evans piece from 2016 is pertinent to the many reviews that are underway regarding children’s social care. (Residential Forum comment)

In the course of my career I’ve observed five ‘paradigms of childhood misbehaviour’ – five distinct ways of conceptualising what is happening when children break the rules and boundaries we set for them (including breaking the law). Each of the paradigms leads to different beliefs about the right ways to respond, both in policy and in practice. In reality all five are widely deployed in very confused and conflicting ways right across our sectors.

  1. Normal
  2. Symptomatic
  3. Nurture
  4. Deliquency
  5. Rebellion

All have implications for children’s homes and their purpose. Read in full at…….

Children England Source: Ain’t Misbehaving | Children England

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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