This site is a way of making papers available and sharing other materials from my work in child care.
I have worked in the child care field since I graduated in 1969. By far the longest period and most formative was at the Cotswold Community from 1972 – 1999. I joined ISP – Integrated Services Programme – in 1999.
During my period at the Cotswold Community, and especially after 1985 when I became Principal, I wrote several papers which were mainly published in the journal, “Therapeutic Communities”. This meant they had a pretty narrow readership, hence the wish to make them accessible here.
I have also gathered a variety of material which can be found in the “Scrapbook” section. The Cotswold Community used to have a library of papers which were used extensively in staff training. It was an invaluable resource and so I have tried to create an electronic version of this library. I have had the privilege of working with, and learning from, some amazing people and I hope that this personal archive will be of interest to others and give a flavour of a way of working and thinking which is less prevalent now.
I am conscious of the fact that there is less material from my time with ISP. I am in the thick of ISP’s day-to-day life which makes it more difficult to stand back. It is easier for me to look back over my time at the Cotswold Community and lift out what I believe to be of value. This will be an evolving website so there will be more material from ISP as time goes by.