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.


Saturday, 21 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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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Ep 5. Let's Talk About............Emotions as Messages

In this Episode we talk about emotions as message, I guess that may be pretty obvious but as adult do we practice the discipline of listening to them. We think about turning of our autopilots and prioritising the signals we get from our own emotional responses in situations both personally and professionally if we work with children. Include in the chat we consider how we feel changes how we respond and how do we prioritise our emotional welfare.



Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoyed it, if so please share with friends, colleagues and family. If you've got any questions or ideas for topics please DM us on our Twitter feed here or email CELandT@Celandt.org


Al and Ruth are both  directors are both directors of CEL&T and you can find out more about them here.


Saturday, 14 December 2019

A&F Podcast - Adopter Stories - #18 Ninja Mam

In this episode Ninja Mam shares her story of adopting, with her partner, two children with additional needs. You can follow Ninja Mam on Twitter Here or on Facebook Here.


If you'd like to share your story then please get in touch through the Adoption & Fostering Podcast's facebook page here, or our twitter feed here.


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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Let's Talk About...... Ep 3 Restorative Justice with Children

In this episode Al interviews Simon Smart a Restorative Justice practitioner, we discus what it is and how it can be used in a range of contexts with children.


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


Saturday, 7 December 2019

Adoption & Fostering Podcast Special: AUK Scotland: Thinking Differently About Adoption Conf.

In this episode we join Adoption UK Scotland for their Education Conference 2019: Thinking Differently About Education. We start the day speaking to Fiona Aitken, head of Adoption UK Scotland and she kindly sets the scene for the day and what was hoped. Please note that the leaf blowers were going rogue in the car park and that does impact on the audio at some points during this interview. We also struggled to find quiet spots as it was recorded on the hoof, so there's a few blips. 




Then we cornered Simon Cawthorne Communities coordinator about some of the specific challenges in relation to some of the challenges that adopted children face in high school and the noted difference from primary. Simon also chats about children’s voices, then Al can’t keep quiet when outdoor play is mentioned and we discuss the workshops run on the day by the Smart Play Network. We discuss the benefits of risk taking and generally being outdoors in relation to children’s broader education and life skills.
We then managed to track down Maree Todd the Scottish Minister for Children & Young People, it was a very busy room so please bear with the audio.
Nikki Murray headteacher at Burnside Primary in Carnoustie and conference chair then joined us to share his perspective, he’s keen to see parents take agency with issues around resources in school and shared some of  his views on , regulation, repair, time and space placing children at the centre.  
After many years of trying and some coercion on our part we talked to Louise Bomber and she offer some excellent and inspiring insight as well as an exclusive announcement in relation to her new book.
It was an excellent day and we’d like to thank the kind hosts for our dinner.


There's the usual infobanter from Scott and Al and we hope you find it interesting and would like to get in touch with comments or suggestions then please do direct message us at our twitter feed here or on our facebook page here.
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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Podcast: Ep3 Let's Talk About...Resilience

Resilience a much used word in the context of children and in this episode we discuss what we mean by resilience. In talking about resilience we can't not discuss adversity and specifically Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We consider Resilience in general terms, what it is, if we can build it and how we understand it in the context of children and adults. It's a topic that is broad and we'll be coming back to it and consider how we develop specific components of resilience in practical ways.



Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoyed it, if so please share with friends, colleagues and family. If you've got any questions or ideas for topics please DM us on our Twitter feed here or email CELandT@Celandt.org


Al and Ruth are both  directors are both directors of CEL&T and you can find out more about them here.