Babies And Young Children in Care: Life Pathways, by Harriet Ward, Emily R. Munro, Chris Dearden

By Harriet Ward, Emily R. Munro, Chris Dearden

Infants and extremely children in care frequently adventure numerous alterations of placement and carer, that could have a adverse impression upon their long term skill to increase safe attachments. "Babies and young ones in Care" examines why infants input care or lodging and why securing their long term destiny could be a long procedure. It analyses the situations, features and reviews of those children ahead of, in the course of and after being sorted, together with purposes for adjustments of carer and location disruptions. It seems at how childrens are suffering from the shortcoming of balance of their lives, and discover the implications of reunification with their mom and dad after lengthy classes in care. Drawing on interviews with start mom and dad, carers and social care execs, the authors hint the complicated decision-making technique that impacts those kid's early studies and the impression this has on their later improvement and health and wellbeing. they give a transparent rationalization of the results of prone for terribly young ones and signpost messages for perform. This publication is a key textual content for researchers, practitioners, coverage makers and social care managers.

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Forthcoming a). Local authorities The information about the children’s characteristics and family circumstances sheds some light on the question of why some local authorities had a higher proportion of babies than others in their long-stay population of looked after children. As we indicated in Chapter 1, this book on the babies’ experiences while looked after came about as a direct result of a larger study of long looked after children in six local authorities (Ward et al. forthcoming a). It is only by looking at this wider study that we can examine differences between the local authorities, as the total number of children in the earlier study was significantly larger, at 242, than this smaller subset of the 42 babies, all of whom were drawn from within that original group.

5 for further details). 50). These are the type of difficulties that can eventually jeopardise placements or make children hard to place. As we only looked at the emotional and behavioural development of a very small group of children at one point in time, we were not able to tell whether difficulties were improving or diminishing. However in their work on concurrent planning and permanent placements for young children, Monck and colleagues (2003) also used the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire to assess a similar group of children aged four and above at two time points; the first approximately six weeks after placement and the second 12 to 15 months later.

Where these children return to other family members, however, there is evidence that long-term stability is not always achieved, particularly if they are placed with a father who was not previously living in their home. Very young children who have had frequent changes of address prior to long-term admission to care or accommodation are unlikely to return permanently to their birth parents: only one of the eleven babies in this study who had had four or more addresses prior to being looked after was eventually placed with a birth parent, and this was a father who had not previously lived with the child; all the others were 54 / Babies and Young Children in Care adopted or found permanent homes with relatives.

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