Monthly Archives: September 2015

Notice of changes to this Saturday’s Limbus event at Dartington on September, 19th. 2015

 Farhad Dalal has written to inform us that because of the demise of Kid’s Company, the speakers have asked him to adjust the title and the description of the event to reflect the current situation. The initial text can be read in a previous post on this page.

Jocelyne Quennell and Lizzie Smosrksi   
Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Working with Children and Young People
on Saturday September19th, 2015
Studio 3,The Space, Dartington Hall
Arrivals from 10am
10.30 to 1pm
Cost £20


This seminar/workshop will explore multi-disciplinary perspectives in the promotion of well-being for children and young people sharing influence from social work, youth work, mental health, therapy and education.

There will be opportunities for creativity and imagination in the discussion and reflective process. The emphasis is on creative and relational approaches to well-being which value the arts, sports, leisure, communications technology and complementary health.

The training has recently moved from Kids Company to the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Centre for Child Mental Health following in the tradition of developing holistic services which are genuinely child-centred, learning from vulnerable children how to care better and championing their needs and capabilities as agents of change.

Jocelyne Quennell and Lizzie Smosarski will jointly facilitate creative and relational processes on relevant themes. Jocelyne was formerly the Principal of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and has over twenty five years of experience working creatively and therapeutically with adults and children in health, education and social care. Lizzie is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working extensively through teaching and supervising practitioners. This pioneering training course has been designed to enhance the quality of work being delivered in services and to increase access to emotionally literate approaches to working with children and young people.

Jocelyne Quennell has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over twenty years and is Director of Education and Innovation at Kids Company. She is responsible for the Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills with Children and the Diploma in Well-being practice for Children and Young People. She was the former Principal of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education where she worked to support the development Integrative Child Psychotherapy and Arts Psychotherapy courses. She was the course leader for the Sesame training in Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama and has a long held commitment to increasing access and enhancing the quality of therapeutic services for adults, children and families. She is inspired by emotional literacy through creative and relational approaches to well-being with experience in health, education and social care, in private, statutory and voluntary sectors. two adult children.


Lizzie Smosarksi is an integrative arts psychotherapist as well as a child and adolescent psychotherapist. She is responsible for training and education at Kids Company and has taught at both the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Terapia. She has many years of experience as a supervisor and is committed to creative and relational approaches to wellbeing.

You can download a flyer here.

Future Limbus Events 2015/16 – Dates for your diary
Nov 14             Stephen Roundhill                    Neuropsychology in context
Feb 27             Otto Rheinschmeidt                  On Dreams
May 21             Margaret Landale                     Attunement & Empathy
Sep 17              Sally Sales                             TBA

Abstracts and biographies can be found on the Limbus website

Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland – a book by Maurice Fenton


Maurice Fenton’s book Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland Integrating Residential Care, Leaving Care and Aftercare will be published later this month, September, 2015. Although the contents are informed by child care in Ireland, the author and the publisher believe the text will be of interest to all involved in the care and support of children and young people who are not living with their own families.


Fenton full cover


The publisher and the author have sent us the following pre-publication notes about the book.

Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland Integrating Residential Care, Leaving Care and After Care by Maurice Fenton

€39.95 (£34.95) ISBN 978-9080308-74-0      Paperback/September 2015/ 414 pages

This book addresses the major issue of social care and child welfare in the 21st century, and in particular the imperative to integrate residential child care, leaving care and aftercare in order to achieve are congruent system of care. Currently these areas are disconnected elements of a system of care, whereas in an integrated system they would be fully connected. The book is focused on the situation in Ireland but offers international relevance.

The foreword to Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland Integrating Residential Care, Leaving Care and After Care is written by Professor John Pinkerton of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast.

An ecological perspective with recognition of the importance of both the child and the worker as dyadic elements within the system, is the focus throughout. The child’s perspective is presented through a biographical narrative of a former child in care and with case studies from the author’s practice experience. The workers’ perspective is addressed through detailed clinical analysis of the elements which constitute the profession of social care, which include practice, theory, approaches to care, policy, rights, research, legislation, social justice, professionalisation, privatisation and socio-political and socio-economic factors which impact on the profession of social care, and therefore children in care.

Through this analysis a nuanced and informed perspective, identifying both strengths and weaknesses is offered on the care system in Ireland in 2015. The book identifies significant deficiencies in the current aftercare services available in Ireland, and advocates of statutory entitlement to aftercare support for all care leavers. In benefit/cost analysis is provided to support such a change.

About the author

Maurice Fenton has worked at all levels in residential care, trainee to director, within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. He founded Empower Ireland in 2009 to support care leavers in Ireland, and is an independent adviser and researcher with a particular interest in mentoring and social justice. He is scheduled to complete his doctorate at Queens University Belfast in 2016.

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