1st Edition

Time to Listen to Children Personal and Professional Communication

Edited By Birgit Carolin, Pat Milner Copyright 1999

    Time to Listen to Children is a practical guide to effective communication with children. Professionals working with children in a variety of settings examine the skills required to help children articulate their problems and feelings. They discuss issues such as training, cultural background and religion and give accounts of their work in the following settings:
    * education
    * social services
    * voluntary organizations
    * medical settings
    * law
    Contributors practice a variety of therapeutic techniques, including play, music and art therapy.
    Time to Listen to Children will be a valuable resource for social workers, teachers and counsellors in training and for all professionals who wish to adopt a skilled, reflective and active approach to their work with children.

    Mosaic of Children's Voices. Pitfalls and Pleasures. Training Issues. Cross Cultural Issues. Religion, Children and Counselling. Education. Child Protection and Social Services. Voluntary Organizations. Children and Medical Settings. Play Therapy. Art Therapy. Music Therapy. Children and Research. Children and the Law.


    Birgit Carolin has worked as a teacher and counsellor in London schools, at ChildLine and at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. She now works as a BAC accredited counsellor in voluntary and private practice, mainly with children. Pat Milner is an experienced teacher and counsellor of children and students. A Fulbright Scholar, she started the Student Counselling service at University College London, was founder chair of the Association for Student Counselling and tutor to counselling courses  at South West London College and Goldsmiths College, London University, in addition to practising as a counsellor and supervisor. For three years she was features editor of Counselling, the journal of the British Association for Counselling.

    'The authors ... have compiled with great care and love a varied selection of work by 16 different authors, all of whose work focuses on the concerns of children and who advocate listening to children as people with rights, opinions and ideas, equal to, but different from, those of adults. Beautifully compiled.' - RACE Multicultural Journal No. 19 Summer 1999

    'This book is a timely and stimulating work with rich content and wide coverage, and one whose significance for social work with children is readily apparent ... It will be essential reading for all professionals concerned with the practice and teaching of child care, as well as students in social work and education courses.' - Wing Hong Chui, Child and Family Social Work