Episode 25 - Foster Carers who Adopt

September 23, 2017

In this weeks episode we discuss foster carer who go on to adopt the children they fostered. We invited Suddenly Mummy onto the podcast to share her insight and experience and Scott and I share some of our experiences. 


As always we hope you enjoy and you can now follow us on our jazzy new facebook page here


Leave a comment as Scott always welcomes construcive criticism.


Podcast Special - An Interview with Adoption UK’s Sue Armstrong Brown

September 16, 2017

In this podcast I speak to the new CEO of Adoption UK Sue Armstrong Brown. We discuss a range of issues that she feels are precient for the adoption community at the moment including the Adoption Support Fund, Education, Child on Parent Violence and more. 

Through Twitter questions were recived and as far as possible they were asked or collated into topics and discussions. 

Sue was honest and gave a clear idea for her agenda and plans for the organisation and it was interesting to see her perspectives on the future direction for Adoption UK.


Episode 24 - Transitions

September 1, 2017

This week we chat about transitions, a much discussed challenge for children who have experienced early childhood adversity. Perhaps too big a subject we then spin off onto other stuff and dissolve into banter and chat. 

As always we hope you enjoy and you can now follow us on our jazzy new facebook page here


Leave a comment and Scott always welcomes construcive criticism. 


Episode 23 - Life Story Work with Katie Wrench

August 18, 2017

Life Story Work is a topic that raises many questiosn with carers and adopters having a whole range of experiences from positive to very poor. So, with that in mind this week we speak to Katie Wrench a Social Worker and author on the subject. We discuss a range of issues, including helping children with complex and challenging histories as well as good practice and how open should we be.

Most of the questions and themes came from Twitter and Facebook so thanks to every one who joined the discussion. 

Katie's book is called: Life Story Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adoptered: Creative Ideas and Activities and can be found through all the usual routes.





Episode 22 - Part 2 of the CPV talk for We Are Family

August 5, 2017

This episode we release the second half of the Child on Parent Violence (CPV) talk that we gave on the 12th July hosted by We Are Family. 

It's the summer so no banter I'm afriad, though we're pulling out all the stops to get a some interesting guests for the autumn. 



Episode 21 - Scott and Al and the CPV talk for We Are Family

July 22, 2017

This episode is built around a recording of the Child on Parent Violence talk that Scott and I delivered on the 12th July. To maintian confidentiality of the attendees it's been editied and so that sometimes makes some elements of it a little disjointed. The evenening was in two parts and this is the first part. 

Scott and I introduce it and give a little context to the talk and reflect on the feedback that we recieved.


Episode 20 - Scott, Paula and Al

July 8, 2017

What could possible go wrong, three adopters trapped in a room. Nine adopted children between them and nearly 50 years of adoptive parenting to draw on.

This week is a little unusual as we all got together and chatted through some issues close to our hearts, support, honesty in online support and child on parent violence. We cover a wide range of stuff and raise some interesting points. 

Wine, banter and much hilarity ensue.



Episode 19 - Teenagers with Rachel Staff

June 24, 2017

This week we have a great interview with Rachel Staff Social Worker and author of Parenting Adopted Teenagers. Rachel has over 10 years experience of supporting familes of adopted teenagers and bring some valuable insight and advice for us all. 

Scott and I fall into a banter whirlpool and discuss, the Queen's Birthday Honours list, convertable cars and add a little sensible thought. 



Episode 18 - An interview with Annie Crombie of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies

June 10, 2017

This week Scott and I headed to that London to speak to Annie Crombie the CEO of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies. A unique opportuity for us to leave the studio and speak to someone in person Annie has a unique perspective and some interesting thoughts on the short term future of adoption agencies. An interesting and thought provoking chat. 


Child on Parent Violence lecture - 7 minute clip

June 9, 2017

This week I delivered an hours talk on Child on Parent Violence for the the training company @celandt at a free public lecture at the University of Sunderland. I've taken a little snippet of it to give people an idea of the content. 

If you'd like to hear more and can get to the free event on the 12th July pm in Islington. You can book your free space by emailing