[011.21] Just a thought…

Sometimes you can’t stop wondering if it makes sense to continue providing and running children’s homes for a maximum of 2 or 3 children, accepting and working with the “hard to reach” and high risk children…

Maybe it would be better to do what others do… bigger properties and not accepting children with high risks around absconding, gang involvement, mental health…

And just close the placement as soon as they do a mistake, as soon as their behaviour becomes more “challenging”, due to the traumatic situations that they had to go through earlier in their lives…

For sure, it would improve OFSTED ratings, it would reduce the amount of work regarding LADO and Reg. 40’s, it would not be necessary the high levels of training offered…

But then, you think about what would happen to those kids, rejection after rejection, loss after loss. Ending up being “sent” to places that will not offer any consistency, support, care and love…

Places that are not and will not be a place that they will call homes, but just another set of walls before the next one, and the next one, and the next one…

And this why, despite of everything else, makes you get up, drive miles, sometimes fueled by expressos and cappuccinos, with a smile and the willingness to do even more the next day.

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