A Dominican Sister in residential childcare with children and youth at risk, I look forward to this being a space in which I could share my experiences, challenges and learning with persons in similar or related fields/ministries. The Home that I work with is located in the Caribbean.
The changes in structure and methodology which these shifts demand will prove challenging for many within the field as they demand a re-evaluation of core beliefs. Many of us grew up hearing "children must be seen and not heard", for example, but today's child has the right to a voice and is expected to participate (age-appropriately) in making decisions which affect him/her.
What are some of the other shifts taking place?