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 Pillars of Parenting

The pillars of parenting

Corporate parenting emphasises the collective responsibility of Local Authorities to achieve good parenting. In broad terms, we expect a corporate parent to do at least what a good parent would do.

(Department for Education and Skills/Department of Health, 2000, s. 4.3)

Parenting is a complex activity that involves the integration of many specific behaviours that impact on immediate, medium- and long-term outcomes for the child (cf. Maccoby, 1999) so, for our teams of professional carers, identifying and developing a curriculum for ‘good parenting’ was the first big step in our journey towards an answer to the question, ‘what would a good parent do?’ There was no shortage of contributions from the managers of our two children's homes: indeed, we often ...

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