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The Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care (SJRCC) is a peer-reviewed e-journal that is freely available to all. It aims to provide a rich forum for debate and dissemination about topical issues across Scottish, UK and international residential and related child care research, policy and practice. What marks SJRCC out from most other child welfare journals, is that its primary audience is practitioners, managers, policymakers and social work students. Therefore, alongside peer reviewed articles from researchers, the editors encourage and support contributions from across these groups so that they can share their wide and varied experience of residential care, as well as supporting contributions from young people with experience of the care system. After briefly discussing the SJRCC’s rationale and history, and providing an overview of the material that it publishes, this paper goes on to look at how the Journal engages with those working in residential child care, its role in regional and national policy developments, and lessons learnt over the last 16 years. The paper also challenges attendees to think critically about how they get, process, reflect, and act upon information about residential child care, and, as part of that, the place of books, professional associations, training, supervision, team discussions, informal story-telling, inquiries, news stories, social media…and journals. It will also encourage attendees to think about how they can contribute to knowledge and understanding of residential child care by writing about their own experience.