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.

The Power of Parenting

The power of parenting

Parenting: the bringing up of children by, or as by, a parent.

(Universal Dictionary)

It is possible to love a child passionately–but not in the way that he (she) needs to be loved.

(Alice Miller, US psychologist and author)

Having agreed with the management team at Colin's two children's homes that the most appropriate starting point was to tackle the question, ‘what would good parents do?’, we began to consider the concept of ‘parenting’ in more depth. Over the past few years in the world of public care, the word ‘parenting’ has been slowly replaced by the word ‘care’ (for example, as in foster care). Although there may be a few arguments of the ‘valuing family ties' type for making this change, ...

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