Charlie Mead was one of the youngest head teachers in the West Midlands, working with excluded young people and those at risk of failure. He went on to become both a Child and Educational Psychologist in Birmingham before returning to work in one of the largest SEBD schools in Europe. He is now an independent practitioner and spends most of his time developing nurture groups for children and parents in mainstream secondary schools as well as proving practical support for children in care homes – and sometimes both practices combine!
Charlie's columns will focus on children who have been abandoned by the state in various ways, the part professionals play in allowing this to happen and what we can all do to prevent it happening. He welcomes any comments and hopes you can contribute to the growing debate about how best to protect and deliver the highest quality service to the most vulnerable children in Britain today.