Friday, 17 January 2020

The A&F Podcast Episode 78 - Live Podcast, Recruitment and a new Government

In what can only be described as an experiment we attempted a half live podcast with us streaming on FB for the first half of this podcast and answering various questions that came up. You can decide on how coherent it was! We answered a range of questions including issues around training in schools, attachment and working with professionals. Some familiar faces chipped in so it was rather interesting!

After that had a chat about some of the fostering and adoption recruitment missteps that have been in the media #DropTheMop as well as the new governments focus on adoption and a meeting with the minster. It was prior to the recent letter sent by the children's minister so we don't reflect on that only on what we knew at the time.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Ep 7. Lets Talk About...Isolation Booths

This is the start of the winter term and we're going to start putting the podcast out once every other week, six at a time to coincide with the academic term.

Isolation booths remains a contentious issue with a highly charged discussion to be found online and amongst many parents. We try to consider all this with no attempt to come to a solution but to unpick some of the issues that float around the debate as well as drawing on some personal and professional experience.




We hope you find the Podcast interesting and if you want to ask questions or suggest topics please DM us on our Twitter feed here or email CELandT@Celandt.org
The hosts are Ruth Whiteside ( @RuthCoaching ), a teacher and trainer with 20 years experience, and Al Coates MBE ( @Mr_Al_Coates ), a social worker and trainer, and they will discuss specific topics as well as interview guests and practitioners across the podcasts. They're both Directors of CEL&T and you can find out more about them here.


Friday, 10 January 2020

Podcast Special - Adoption UK Scotland's FASD Hub

Hello, in what was a rather unusual turn of events we were asked to showcase through the medium of Podcasting the work that the FASD Hub Scotland do. We aren’t always that helpful but the work that the Hub does is progressive and offers an excellent practice model and as such we were more than happy to chat to the team. The Hub is linked to Adoption UK Scotland’s work however the advice and some of the resources available through the website are helpful and of use to families regardless.
 In the podcast Aily Brown the FASD lead co hosts with Scott and they introduce the Hub and the work that is undertaken. Scott also takes time to speak to a few professional and parents(Jessica, Judith and Jen) that have roles in the hub as well as a parent (Gemma) that has received support through the services that the Hub provides.





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You can access The Hub website here FASD Hub Scotland.



Friday, 3 January 2020

The A&F Podcast Episode 77 - New Year News Round Up

This week we took the opportunity to have a brief round up on the year as well as consider some of the interesting news articles that had come up in the last few weeks of the year. We chat about the reduction in the adoption statistics as well as the high profile discrimination case won by an adoptive couple against a local authority. The rather incendiary tweet in relation to the financial benefits to local authorities/government was also discussed with no controversy courted here!



We also consider our re branding and hopefully that's all been done with this episode.
As always thank you for listening, we think it's been a good year for podcasting with a whole raft of interesting guests, co hosts and individuals who've been generous with their stories and experience. Thank you.

If you are feeling warm and fluffy a review wherever you download the podcast would be much appreciated and bolster our delicate egos. Again, many thanks to all who have done that already.
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Saturday, 28 December 2019

The A&F Podcast: Conversations - Anthony

In this episode we speak to Anthony (AKA @TheCareKid ) about his story of entering and being in the care system. He his open an honest as he shares what have been defining experiences from his own childhood and his subsequent experiences as a care leaver and young adult. Anthony is frank in relation to own difficulties in adult life and how he has worked to overcome them.



We hope you find it interesting and if you’ve a story of care or adoption and would like to share your perspective or experience then please do direct message us at our twitter feed here or on our facebook page here.



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Sunday, 22 December 2019

Ep. 6 Let's Talk About.......Self Awareness in Children

This is the final episode in this term's series and we start to consider one of the building blocks of resilience for children, self awareness. We describe some really practical methods of helping identify how they feel and how that can be linked to event or things that are happening in their lives. Modelling and thinking aloud is a tool that can help children to begin to consider how others may feel but how to interpret the feelings that they may be having in a given situation.




We hope you find the Podcast interesting and if you want to ask questions or suggest topics please DM us on our Twitter feed here or email CELandT@Celandt.org

The hosts are Ruth Whiteside ( @RuthCoaching ), a teacher and trainer with 20 years experience, and Al Coates MBE ( @Mr_Al_Coates ), a social worker and trainer, and they will discuss specific topics as well as interview guests and practitioners across the podcasts. They're both Directors of CEL&T and you can find out more about them here.


Friday, 20 December 2019

The A&F Podcast Xmas Special - Becky, Scott & Al + a very special guest

Welcome to what is a rather underwhelming fourth Chrismas podcast. Undewhelming because we only mention the festive season in passing and get drawn into the long grass with Becky (AKA Suddenly Mummy).




We discuss the rise and fall of adoption blogs, Becky's decision to kill off Suddenly Mummy and the trials and tribulations of social media. Al kills of the Christmas spirit well and truly by losing his cool and using a grown up word when we stray onto the subject of online bullying, academic research and we hypothesis about an imaginary intern at the DfE (#Justin).
All that said Becky has written a book, The Trauma and Attachment Aware Classroom, and we have a good old chat about that and you can buy that here. We can unreservedly recommend it for all parents with children at school.

We do manage to muddle through the Christmas competition and finally we do have an alternative Christmas message from a rather smashing contributor and friend of the show.
We wish you all a smashing and peaceful Christmas and a cracking new year. Many thanks for listening.

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