For over a decade and with the best of intentions, the U.K. government has spent millions attempting, but largely failing, to improve personal, social and educational outcomes for children and young people in public care. In this book, the authors explain why the problems of this highly vulnerable group have resisted such effort, energy and expenditure and go on to show how achieving positive outcomes for children in care is possible when the root causes of failure are tackled.

Topic covered include: The power of parenting; The impact of parental rejection on emotional development; Support for the adaptive emotional development of children and young people; Practical advice on introducing the ‘Authentic Warmth’ approach into existing childcare organisations; Future issues in childcare

This book is essential reading for carers, commissioners, policymakers, support professionals, designated teachers and students of social work.

Professional Childcare: When?

Professional childcare: When?

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

(Victor Hugo, French novelist, 1802–85)

What makes a child carer a professional? Is it that they possess specialist knowledge and skills? Or is it just the fact that they are paid to look after other people's children? Our motivation for writing this book stems from our vision that, some day, the answer to this question will be an emphatic statement that includes the words ‘a highly specialised knowledge of children's developmental needs, combined with effective therapeutic skills'. To reach this point in professional development, we would have to ensure that the knowledge and skills of carers can be effective, evidence based, flexible, dynamic (as opposed to static), drawing heavily on ...

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