For Professionals

Tiny Triumph Awards – Sidestep the brain’s negativity bias and celebrate some wins!

If you’ve read our 3 Practical Coping Strategies post   you’ll know our wonderful brains have a tendency to focus on the negative (It’s all because they’re constantly on the lookout for threats so they can keep us safe from them!). Sometimes they need some help to remember all the good stuff going on.  We …

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Assessing Emergency Placements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

‘How do we make decisions for children during an emergency like COVID 19?’  Perhaps, not surprisingly, this is the number 1 question we’ve been asked recently.  It’s a very hard question to answer, especially when we know your aim is to do the best you can for the children you’re protecting and caring for. Often, …

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Three practical, science-backed coping strategies for difficult times

Here they are – the first three coping strategies for you to experiment with and, hopefully, add to your personal coping kit! If you haven’t already, I’d really encourage you to read the introduction to this series. It explains how and why coping strategies work, who they’re for and who they might not be for, …

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Why Unregulated Children’s Homes Are Problematic

Recently, I watched this news item about unregulated children’s homes in the UK.   Unregulated homes are a global problem. Unregulated means there is no clear minimum standards or national inspection framework or license system. Homes can operate as they wish. This can also apply outside children’s homes to unregulated foster care, kinship care or reunification …

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Being and feeling safe – what’s the brain got to do with it?!

Why is safety so important? I’m going to leap straight in today and introduce you to a favourite friend of mine. Not your usual friend. An organ friend… You didn’t see that one coming did you?! Well, possibly the picture gave it away… Meet Brain. This should probably come with a warning – the brain …

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What exactly does it mean to thrive? Here’s an (extended) definition!

  Over the last twelve months we’ve developed a little equation to help sum up our vision and our work: Safe  +  Belong  =  Thrive “A place to be and feel safe plus somewhere to belong equals the best chance to thrive”.  Welcome to the first post in a new series for 2020. Each month …

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Why the world doesn’t have an orphanage problem…

or  Changing the conversation about caring for vulnerable children.  Oops… it seems we might’ve got this backwards?! Recently we’ve been preparing for a website update. After a couple of years of huge change and growth for SFAC, much of our current site is out of date.  Thinking about what we wanted our website to say …

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Life Outside the Comfort Zone – an interview with author, Mick Pease

Mick Pease talks about following his calling, stretching his own belief in what he could achieve… and becoming an author. Your book,  Children Belong in Families,  is now officially out. How does it feel to be a published author? Weird – it feels really weird. I am proud of it and of what I have achieved, although …

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