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'I was addicted to love'

Broadcaster and journalist Clare Catford explains how love addiction affected her life, and talks about the treatment she received. "I now realise that I've been addictive from a very early age. I had all the 'normal' obsessions with pop stars, then I developed huge crushes on…

'I was an alcoholic mother'

Journalist and author Niki Shisler, from London, sought help for her alcoholism when she realised she could no longer take care of her son. "I was never a binge drinker. I was very much a 'maintenance' drinker. I was drinking round the clock. My friends afterwards all…

'My partner abused me'

One 28-year-old woman talks about her experience of domestic violence and reclaiming her life. "Four years ago, I moved to London, started a new job, and met Darren (not his real name). He was very charming and complimentary, and was always sending me flowers and…

About the Practitioner's Forum

The Practitioner Forum is open to all practitioners working with children, young people and families in Oxfordshire. To gain access you should request an account and request Practitioner as your role. We will usually confirm your access very quickly, but in some circumstances this may…

Abuse in teenage relationships

Do you sometimes feel frightened, intimidated or controlled by your partner? Or do you constantly have to watch your behaviour in case they get angry? If so you're probably being abused. Controlling, abusive or violent behaviour is never OK in a relationship. You should feel…

Addiction: what is it?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to…

Adopting or fostering a child in care

Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you'll ever make.  There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. According to…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Alice has a true vocation to disabled children – and now it’s been nationally recognised

Meet Alice Bent – one of only seven finalists in the entire country for the Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year Award. Her dedication to helping disabled children is a true vocation for her. The 23-year-old, originally from South Wales, is still early…