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CYC Week 2024

International Child & Youth Care Week, 2024

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) will be celebrating International Child and Youth Care Workers Week during the first full week of May – starting May 5th, 2024.

The theme for this year is Celebrating Relational Child & Youth Care Practice: Around the World.

There is a difference between having a relationship and being in relationship. Relational CYC practice involves ‘being in relationship’ with other and focuses on the characteristics of that relationship.  It is, as Gerry Fewster said, “not only a very different perspective; it is a different pathway, across a very different terrain, in search of a very different destination”. And it is this that we celebrate around the world – a CYC approach to helping which focuses on the relationship as the focus of our engagement with youth and others.

So, how will you, in your corner of the globe, celebrate this focus on the relational?

Let us know on Facebook and on X (#CYCWeek2024)

CYC-Online  No. 302
April 2024

Editorial Comment: Relational Realms
James Freeman

Quality Care in Residential Care and Treatment Settings in North America: From Complex Research to Four Everyday Principles for Practice
Kiaras Gharabaghi

Christmas Extravaganza: Creating Significance, Meaning and Connections for Young People and their Families
Natasha Cook and Adam Harnum

10 False Lessons Childhood Emotional Neglect Teaches You
Jonice Webb

Creating partnerships and finding solutions for girls leaving care
Petra Roberts and Mutmainah Aderinto

What a Day for a Daydream
Hans Skott-Myhre

Postcard from Leon Fulcher 

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RESOURCES ... Link to ...

Supporting older youth in care: The role of caregivers
Greggory Cullen

Working Together: Interdisciplinary Training within Live-In Treatment
Samantha O’Leary, Claire E. McGill, P. Megha Nagar, Marlena Colasanto, Graham Trull and Kelli Phythian

Autism, Stigma, and South Asian Immigrant Families in Canada
Fariha Shafi, Amirtha Karunakaran and Farah Ahmad

What’s on your mind? The effects of an attachment-based intervention on residential youth workers’ reflexive functioning
Helena M. Carvalho, Tiago Ferreira, Beatriz Santos, Mónica Costa, Paula Mena Matos and Catarina Pinheiro Mota

Conflicts with Friends and Romantic Partners: Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses of the Experiences of Girls in Care
Samantha Chan, Katherine Wincentak and Jennifer Connolly

Adolescents’ Subjective Well‑Being: The Unique Contribution of Fathers
Colleen S. Walsh, Wendy Kliewer and Terri N. Sullivan


JOBS ... Link to ...

Director, Child Care Early Learning Centres

School Liaison Worker

Child and Youth Care Worker / Behaviour Specialist (Independent Contractor)


EVENTS ... Link to ...

Unity Conference 2024

DLE - The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events - Virtual Training

FICE International 35th World Congress

"Ally-ship: From the Heart" The 2024 Canadian National Child and Youth Care Conference

RCYCP 36/3
The Graduate Issue


Editorial – Continuing Good Traditions | Aurrora De Monte and Graham McPheat

Hearing Silenced Voices: Haunted Histories, Art Making and Witnessing with IBPOC Youth | Anna Chadwick

The Effects of Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapy | Frincess Arbour

A Way of Being: Exploring Perceptions of Relational Practice Across Contexts | Jillian Higgins

Lost Innocence: Adultification of Black Children Unveiling Historical Roots and Contemporary Realities | Jahtara Hutchinson-Bobb

Supporting Wellness in Indigenous Youths in Residential Care Facilities | Jasmine Singer

The Blurry Lines of Praxis: Child and Youth Care faculty perspectives on supporting student mental health in higher education | Sheva Leon

Adjusting to New Environments: Exploring the Challenges of South Asian Immigrant Students in Greater Toronto | Kruti Patel

Unity 2024

Resetting The Foundation Stones of Relational Practice

Relational Practice exists as a concept in many caring professions including Child & Youth Care / Social Care, Social Work, Education, Medicine / Nursing, Psychology/Psychotherapy and as an ‘approach’ Relational Practice is universally appreciated as one that is necessary to adopt, if we are to be of any assistance to the people we work with and serve. Yet, no single and universally accepted definition exists of what Relational Practice is, instead there are different (but related) interpretations.

It was noted at the UNITY23 conference by one of the speakers that, Relational Practice is a bit like love or humour … we mightn’t be able to clearly define it, but we know it when we see it or feel it.

Speakers from around the globe will present across a spectrum of topics that can be viewed as the foundation stones of Relational Practice. Some of these topics might be considered ‘values’; some ‘traits of the effective practitioner’; some could be considered ‘wisdoms’ that need to be known, as well as ‘approaches, techniques, and ways of thinking and doing’.


Presenters are now being sought to deliver sessions at the UNITY2024 conference that can add to the evolving Relational Practice Body of Knowledge.

Presenters are invited to submit proposals and to present on topics that are relevant to the theme of the conference. This might include Relational Practice in a global sense or on some of the key aspects of Relational Practice such as Resilience, Connection & Engagement, Working in the Life-Space, Focusing on Needs, Strength-Based Practice, and Love – to name but a few.

Sessions should describe the relevance and utility of the topic/s being discussed and allow attendees to see how these all come together to allow us all to better understand Relational Practice.


Submit your proposal here.

Submission deadline – 3 May 2024.

Presenters will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the full 2-day registration fee.

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