Promoting the wellbeing of children in care: messages from research Improving care for looked after children and young people in the UK

Girl smiling in parkCare transforms the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, protecting them from harm and providing the love and nurture they need to thrive. But there is a long way to go to ensure that we provide the most effective support for each and every child and young person in care. 

This book brings together leading academics, practitioners and policy analysts to set out the implications of research and examine the challenges faced by children in care. It aims to provoke discussion on how to improve support for children in care to ensure they are all protected from harm. 

Editors: Tom Rahilly and Enid Hendry

The topics looked at in this book include:

  • improving decision making for children entering care and those already in care
  • safeguarding children in foster and residential care
  • improving the mental health of children in care and care leavers
  • tackling peer abuse
  • tackling young people going missing from care and the risk of sexual exploitation
  • improving outcomes for children returning home from care.
Introduction 11
The views of looked after children and young people on the care system by Louise Bazalgette 25
Chapter 1: Providing an effective out-of-home care service for vulnerable children and their families: an overview by June Thoburn 54
Chapter 2: Entry to care by Julie Taylor and Tom Rahilly 79
Chapter 3: Refocusing our approach to safeguarding looked after children in placements by David Berridge, Nina Biehal, Enid Hendry, Jacqui Slade and Robert Tapsfield 104
Chapter 4: Meeting the therapeutic and support needs of children in care who have experienced early abuse and neglect by Kim S. Golding 135
Chapter 5: Peer Violence in Foster and Residential Care by Christine Barter 171
Chapter 6: Running away, going missing and sexual exploitation by Isabelle Brodie 194
Chapter 7: Achieving permanence for children returned to their parents by Elaine Farmer 217
Chapter 8: The mental health and wellbeing of young people leaving care by Jim Wade 241
Chapter 9: Making wise decisions about care by Harriet Ward Putting research into practice: conclusions 262
Putting research into practice: conclusions 280

Please cite as: Rahilly, T. and Hendry, E. (eds) (2014) Promoting the wellbeing of children in care: messages from research. London: NSPCC.

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