By the Editors
Date Posted: Friday, 25 May 2007
For children, young people and for the parents and other adults who care for them it seems we live in difficult times. Mothers watch on after encouraging their three years old children to fight each other ; the video of a twelve years old boy as he ‘executes’ an adult in the name of religion is filmed and broadcast world wide on the internet ; teenagers violently rampage underground trains robbing other passengers of their belongings and young children are abducted from their bedrooms while asleep.
Our first issue carries the kind of variety of viewpoints on the aspects of childhood and the bringing up children which we intend will reflect the eclectic tone of the goodenoughcaring Journal.
Jennie Thomas , a mother of two young boys considers how her sons help her learn about being a parent.
Dorothy Thornhill , the elected Mayor of Watford examines the political problems of dealing with disaffected youngsters in the community.
Dominic McNally , a residential child care worker illustrates the fundamental importance of play for all children, young people and adults
Ariola Vishjna , the manager of a residential home for young adults discusses the issues arising in providing an emotionally holding environment for young people in residential care.
John Fallowfield , a youth worker explores the influence of diversity and culture in outreach work with young people preparing to leave public care.
Evelyn Daniel, Siobain Degregorio and Charles Sharpe re-open the debate about the potential of basing child care work on psychodynamic principles.
Lorea Boneke , a senior residential child care worker tells the story of a young man who was sexually abused as a child and thinks about how best to offer support to victims of abuse.
We hope there is much here to make the reader think, reflect and react. We welcome and look forward to your response.
The Editorial Group.
Jean Pettit, Siobain Degregorio, Evelyn Daniel and Charles Sharpe. May/June 2007