Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 205–217 | Cite as

“Harry Wynne” Child & Youth Care Practices and Values: A Reflection on a Study of Heroin Misusers in Ireland



This discussion paper sets out to explore ‘doing’ research with a hard-to-reach population from a relational child and youth care perspective. It sets out some of the delimitations in undertaking such research and discusses some of our findings in realtion to the individual and the family contexts.


heroin use relational research child and youth care addiction research youth work research availability snowball sampling research ethics 



Thanks to my research colleague on this study, Gráinne Monaghan, for her good humor and work ethic. Thanks to Bill Ebbitt, Acting Regional Health Promotion Manager, Health Service Executive Midlands and Interim Coordinator of the Midlands Regional Drugs Task Force for his person-centred approach throughout our study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Athlone Institute of Technology   
  2. 2.Centre for Child and Youth Care LearningAthlone Institute of TechnologyAthloneIreland

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