New book …

Leadership in Residential Child Care

A relationship-based approach


Adrian Ward 

Smokehouse Press, Norwich

To order a copy go straight to Smokehouse Press

… and to read the first full review, follow this link  (opens in a new window)


About the book:

When still in his mid-twenties, Adrian Ward was appointed to run a large residential home for troubled young children in London. It was a time of enormous challenge and deep learning, as he discovered some hard-won truths not only about needy children and their families but also about life in general – and leadership in particular.

In this book he analyzes the task of leadership in this setting, based partly on his own experience in the role but also on his extensive later work as a lecturer and staff consultant with many other residential staff and leaders. The book is full of gripping incidents and extraordinary – occasionally bizarre – situations, and the ideas discussed are made highly accessible by Adrian’s personal and sometimes humorous style.

The whole book is underpinned by a deep concern for the psychological well-being of a group of deeply unhappy and confused young people, but although the discussion is focused primarily on the residential context, the book also has profound lessons for the leadership task in many other settings.


For further information:

Download a flyer here: Leadership Book Flyer

or follow this link to read more about how this book came to be written: Life, writing and leadership  (opens in a new window)

and this one for another online article about the book: Thinking about leadership in child and youth care  (new window: go to p.21)


Click here for contents page



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