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Welcome to CYC-Net – a network for everyone working professionally with children and youth

The Discussion Groups

We run two discussion groups - a general CYC group and a group for students. A message sent to either will, once moderated, be distributed to all members of that group. Members may take note of the message, respond to it, or simply delete it if it is of no interest to them.


Fill in the signup form here. Once signed up and you have received a welcoming messsage, you may begin posting.

Posting messages

For our General CYC discussion group, send messages here
For our Students discussion group, send messages here.

Some guidelines around posting messages ...

CYC-Net can be used for giving general CYC information (conferences, courses, new books, etc), for requests for help and information (for literature on a given subject, for a "what can I do when ..." issue) and for discussion on any relevant child and youth care issues of the day.

Subject Headings
For most of us, dealing with e-mail is a time-consuming part of each day, so we will help in these ways –

1. CYC-Net mailings are always labelled [cyc-net] or [cyc-net-students] followed by the subject header
2. Message headers are always as descriptive as possible, helping you to choose between selecting and reading items - or simply ignoring messages of no interest to you. Use the message headers the way you would use headlines in a newspaper. Headers could look like this:

[cyc-net] Drugs and street children
[cyc-net-students] Where can I find material on ...
[cyc-net] Info wanted on team building

As a general rule, please keep messages short and to the point. As the network expands, a large number of long e-mail messages becomes unwieldy.

Signing messages; threads posted on the Internet
Selected threads from our general CYC discussion group are posted on this page (see and may well be seen by anyone who visits or searches the site. If you wish your query or reply to be anonymous, please mark your message as "anonymous". Your anonymity will be respected.  Otherwise, please put your name at the bottom of your message. Members often also appreciate your putting a city and/or country with your name.

Pairing Off
Use the network as is most useful to you. Two members who share a particularly small or focused subject area may meet on CYC-Net but we may prefer to pair off on the basis of their subject - that is, to reply direct to each other instead of through the network. On the other hand, don't keep to yourselves a discussion which might be of interest to all. If you do get involved in a paired discussion and are unsure of its possible interest to others, you could always post a notice asking if others want to become part of it.

Replying to messages
To reply or contribute to any posting, simply REPLY to the post from your e-mail client.

Direct replies
When a reply or comment is of specific and limited interest to an enquirer (for example, "How can I contact John Smith?") it will be sent directly to the enquirer and will not be posted to all members.

Moderating includes three aspects:

  1. When a member is not being helped by the discussion of some problem, a moderator may step in to offer information, suggest further reading or recommend a resource.
  2. To keep posted material within the ethics of our field.
  3. Removing any incriminating or legally contentious information.
  4. Correcting obvious and serious language errors.

Normal internet etiquette (netiquette) applies. Only information and requests relevant to the field of child and youth care is accepted. No commercial advertising or promotion will be accepted. Hyperlinks to external web sites which might contain relevant information will from time to time be posted inside discussions. This will be at the discretion of the editors of CYC-Net. CYC-Net does not endorse the views or content of any external site.
Probably the dominant language is going to be English, but as CYC-Net is a world-wide network, be aware of such things as time zones, spelling differences, cultural sensitivities, etc. Any message or query intended for the Network Administrator should be addressed to here in the usual way but with the subject field entered as ADMINISTRATOR.

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