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RiotStar

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About RiotStar

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  • Birthday 19/02/1986

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    sheffield
  • Interests
    Grrrrr...... boozing (thats socialising to you), boogying (also socialising) and reading...
  • Occupation
    boozy bar maid!!!!
  1. Hello there, I am wondering if anyone could please help me at all. I am currently training to be a social worker on the Frontline Social Work Course, accredited by the University of Bedfordshire. Learning about child development is an important aspect of my course and as part of that I have to do an observation of a child who is progressing well in an ordinary, well-functioning family. Social workers often work with very stressed families who are facing considerable difficulties. It is important that as a social worker I have a good knowledge of children growing up in families where there are no concerns about their welfare. I would be extremely grateful if any of you lovely parents would be willing to let me do an observation of your child. The goal is for me to observe a child, aged 1-6 years, in a range of settings so that I can learn more about how children learn and develop. I will then be completing an essay on the observations that I have made in line with developmental theories that I am studying. Crucially, some of the observations should include observing the child at home with his/her parent(s). However other observations could be with siblings, extended family, friends, nursery or school. The idea is to see the child in a range of situations. Like all social workers I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, which I am more than happy to provide, along with information from Frontline. What would be involved?  I would visit for six sessions of one hour each  As I would be observing, I would not necessarily be able to interact or take part in anything whilst I am taking notes, however I am happy to interact before and after  During the observation I will make detailed notes of what I am observing  The kinds of things I will be noting are the child’s motor development, communication with others, emotional responses and cognitive development and how adults interact with the child to encourage positive development in these areas.  I will ask parents and nurseries to sign an agreement to the observation  Visits would be pre-arranged and agreed with parents (and teacher if the observation is at a nursery.) In addition to this, I would be more than happy to meet up with interested parties beforehand and the parents are welcome at any time to read my notes and the full essay that I complete. I would be hoping to complete these observations over the course of the next four weeks with a view to completing the essay in six. If you are interested in being a part of this, or know of a family who might be interested please do contact me. I will then be able to visit to discuss the observation and answer questions. Thank you for your time and co-operation and I hope to hear from you soon. Kerry
  2. Hi, I have had my rescue dog for three years now and when I first adopted him he had fairly severe separation issues. He used to chew things to bits (doors, windowsills etc), any place he thought he could get back to me basically. We worked through this with all the advice that was given to us ,and his anxiety, although not completely eliminated, calmed down considerably. Over the course of the last two months however, this anxiety has reared its ugly head again. I have crate trained him, which seemed to be working, however when I arrived home from work the other day I found that he had managed to bite, push, scratch and squeeze his way out of the crate, resulting in a fair amount of blood loss, scratches, and sore gums. As you can imagine, this is completely heartbreaking and I fear that a thorough reinforcement of all the steps that we went through before will not be enough. Does anyone have any advice or can anyone put me in touch with someone who can help us as I feel completely out of my depth now that he is physically hurting himself. Kind Regards, K and J.
  3. Hi, Every day in the UK a dog is killed every hour in council run pounds. We, the tax payer, are paying local government to kill healthy dogs, dogs who just need a home. Meanwhile, local councils are issuing more and more licenses to puppy factory farmers to breed more and more dogs, its lunacy. Councils are failing to properly inspect these puppy factories or enforce their license conditions and the animal welfare act. A wonderful group came to my attention last night ... dogsrus.. They campaign for all the neglected breeding dogs kept in appalling conditions and demonstrate against the sale of their poor puppies outside shops that sell them.. It is a valiant effort but the root of the problem lies with our MP.. If all friends of Sheffield Forum, follow this link and send an email to our MP we can highlight this issue in the animal cruelty hotspot of South Yorkshire. It will only take five minutes and, as Tesco say, every little helps. Surely its worth a try to help our four legged companions. Stop puppy farming. Stop the cycle. http://www.dogs-r-us.org/whatyoucando.shtml Kerry.
  4. Hi All, I am due to go to my parents in the south for christmas eve through to boxing day, but being the lovely parents that they are they won't let me bring my dog with me. I therefore need to find someone/where who can look after him for these three days, even though it will break my heart to leave him. Please help! K n J.
  5. I have a XL 42" silver dog crate and a medium sized thundershirt anxiety coat for sale. The dog crate has been used approx 5 times and the thundershirt has only ever been tried on (obviously it didn't fit!) Crate is selling for £30 and the shirt for £10. PM me if you are interested. Regards, Kerry.
  6. Hi, Thanks to everyone for your replies... I did think that putting a dog in a crate was punishment, so I guess I'm going to have to learn and alter my way of thinking. I have purchased a crate which should arrive next tuesday, so the crate training begins next week! Being an energetic gsd/collie cross though, I do think I may have my work cut out for me! Cheers guys Kerry and Juno x
  7. I have had my lovely dog for nearly four months now... At first there were a few teething problems when he was left on his own; scratching the door, biting the window ledge etc but apart from that he was fine (they were all pretty much easily fixable). However, my partner has had the last two months off work, and now as he has returned and we now both work there are times when Juno is left on his own. He is never left on his own for more than 4 hours, yet, even after 1 hour he manages to destroy something in the house. So far he has, scratched 2 door frames to pieces, scratched a wall that left a gigantic hole in the plaster, has bitten 2 window ledges to pieces, scratched a door, and has completely chewed my upvc door to pieces that is going to cost £280 to replace! I have tried shutting him in 1 room (of which I have varied around the house) letting him into all the rooms, letting him just upstairs where he seems calmest but blocked the stairs off (which he managed to get through) and even getting a dog sitter round within that 4 hours for half an hour doesn't seem to do the trick! I understand that it will take him some time to get used to someone not being there constantly but I really am coming to my wits end and I can't afford to keep fixing what he destroys... I have no idea how to help or fix the situation so any suggestions are very welcome!! Thanks x
  8. Katie... your inbox is full so it wouldn't let me reply. yeah its me!! Got him sorted a place for the night, thanks... Just the brat of a bloke to get rid of now!! xx
  9. He's a gsd cross, 18 months and like smaller dogs but has a bit of an inadequacy issue with bigger dogs!!
  10. That's most definitely my plan! Just need to get tonight out the way cheers for the thread link xx
  11. Hi all, To cut a long story short, myself and my partner have not been getting on recently and he has taken to making jibes about my dog in order to hurt me as he knows my dog is the most important thing in my life. Things came to a head today when he tried to let my dog loose and made a remark that he will let him loose whilst I am at work tonight. Now, he may have just been saying it but I am not prepared to take that risk so I am in need of a safe haven for my beloved dog to stay tonight whilst I am at work (unforunately, there is no option about me working). Does anyone know of anywhere decent that will take a dog at such short notice? I am in for the rest of the week so situations should be calmed down/sorted/bloke kicked out by then, so it is just tonight I am looking for. Regards.. xx
  12. After the last successful charity quiz night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Henry's are hosting another fun night of questions, prizes and belly laughs on the 28th September from 8pm. The prizes are nothing short of super, the charming quiz queen will have you laughing till you cry and with a selection of 12 hand-pulled real ales, 2 real ciders and a superior selection of lagers, wines and spirits, you're sure to have a fun night. We managed to raise a whopping £450 back in July, so come on down this month and help us to raise even more for a very good cause. £2 per person to enter. Call 01142738742 to book tables or pop in and speak to one of our friendly team.... Tables are going fast!! See you there! Henry's 38 Cambridge Street
  13. After the last successful charity quiz night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Henry's are hosting another fun night of questions, prizes and belly laughs on the 28th September from 8pm. The prizes are nothing short of super, the charming quiz queen will have you laughing till you cry and with a selection of 12 hand-pulled real ales, 2 real ciders and a superior selection of lagers, wines and spirits, you're sure to have a fun night. We managed to raise a whopping £450 back in July, so come on down this month and help us to raise even more for a very good cause. £2 per person to enter. Call 01142738742 to book tables or pop in and speak to one of our friendly team. See you there! Henry's 38 Cambridge Street
  14. After the last successful charity quiz night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Henry's are hosting another fun night of questions, prizes and belly laughs on the 28th September from 8pm. The prizes are nothing short of super, the charming quiz queen will have you laughing till you cry and with a selection of 12 hand-pulled real ales, 2 real ciders and a superior selection of lagers, wines and spirits, you're sure to have a fun night. We managed to raise a whopping £450 back in July, so come on down this month and help us to raise even more for a very good cause. £2 per person to enter. Call 01142738742 to book tables or pop in and speak to one of our friendly team. See you there! Henry's 38 Cambridge Street
  15. I've never been much of a cat person, but after reading your comments it's quite clear that they're every bit the loving companion as a dog. I'm sure you have many memories to last a lifetime!
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