Knowledge Centre

It’s human nature, the way we are made. When we are feeling lonely or insecure or vulnerable and someone comes along and pays us the right kind of attention, we turn toward them the way that a flower turns toward the sunshine. A little flattery, a kind word, a small gift can go a very long way. When they are an adolescent, in that difficult post-childhood, pre-adult emotional zone, there is a firestorm of emotions that include, but are not limited to, desire to be independent, fearlessness, and assurance that they are insightful beyond parental reason. In other words, adolescents have...

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As technology evolves, it provides increased and diverse ways for people to maintain contact and share information. Whilst this may be beneficial for many, it creates significant challenges for keeping children safe. Although our primary focus is on keeping children safe, it is worth noting that technology also raises challenges for adults in not only keeping themselves safe but also understanding the technology which children are now using and the risks which children may unknowingly be exposing themselves to. Technology also enables children and their families to communicate in ways which they were never able to before, for example more...

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Being a foster carer can be one of the most rewarding careers imaginable. Foster carers perform the amazing feat of loving and guiding children and young people from a troubled world to a bright and happy future with positive outcomes. They demonstrate what an affectionate home is like and show them the lifestyle and ways of being that assure a successful adulthood. They provide shelter when life’s storms wash over children who have suffered abuse, neglect, and loss. Fostering unaccompanied and asylum seeking children is another challenge for fostering agencies such as Capstone Foster Care. These children are not being...

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