Turning ordinary love into extraordinary outcomes at East Park

Feeney, Liam (2020) Turning ordinary love into extraordinary outcomes at East Park. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 19 (2). ISSN 1478-1840

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This article describes East Park School’s journey in conceptualising agape and what it means to provide a care experience that demonstrates love in a meaningful way:- Explaining why young people need to feel loved and not just cared for.- Describing how we explored the difficulties of maintaining professional boundaries in practice, while managing risk in situations where we looked for more loving ways to intervene.- Showing how we build on trust and existing relationships to create more opportunities for our young people to experience love.- Defining what love means to young people with complex and multiple diagnoses and witnessing extraordinary outcomes.- Explaining how we entrench the expectation of love into recruitment and induction conversations for new staff.

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