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Since it's founding in 1997, the CYC-Net discussion group has been asked thousands of questions. These questions often generate many replies from people in all spheres of the Child and Youth Care profession and contain personal experiences, viewpoints, as well as recommended resources.

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List of things young people in care cannot do


Can anyone help please? I am writing a training program for Child and Youth Care in Australia and remember reading online a list of things the young people in care can't do – like stay in their pyjamas and Donna all day. I cannot find it and would really appreciate anyone's memory.

Thanks heaps.

Glenys Bristow

Hi Glenys. We thought that was an insightful reading, too. It's from one of the regular contributors and here's the reference and link for you.

Gharabaghi, K. Stuff that never happens when you live in care. CYC-Online , 201, 4-5. Retrieved from /nov2015.pdf

Thom and James (Eds.)

It was called, “Stuff That Never Happens When You Live In Care” by Kiaras Gharabaghi in the November 2015 (Issue 201) CYC-Online edition. I remember as I shared it with my students...


kiss, hold hands, be sexual with another peer
Go on a date
work for money
run away


Hi Glenys,

When I worked in residential care there were a whole lot of things the residents could not do such as stay up past curfew to attend night time events such as fireworks and night skating. This always frustrated me because I really felt these would be enriching experiences. The age group I worked with was 4-12 years old. They were allowed one hour past bedtime on weekends to watch movies, that's all.

I know there are more and I hope others can add to your list. If I think of more I will let you know,



Thank you everybody so much. I had looked for hours before I thought of posting a request on CYC. How good is it that I can reach out from Australia to an international community of like people and get such a response. I love being part of this network and the online journal.

Thanks heaps again.
Glenys Bristow

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