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.

Managing Challenging and Self-Limiting Behaviour

Managing challenging and self-limiting behaviour

Bringing up teenagers is like sweeping back ocean waves with a frizzled broom–the inundation of outside influences never stops. Whatever the lure–cars, easy money, cigarettes, drugs, booze, sex, crime–much that glitters along the shore has a thousand times the appeal of a parent's lecture.

(Mary Ellen Snodgrass, US author, born 1944)

Bringing a new life into the world may result in a number of joyous and memorable experiences, but it also places a number of important responsibilities on parents and carers, including the tasks of ensuring that children grow up to understand the limits and constraints of living in society, show respect towards other people and develop important benchmarks against which to measure their own behaviour. As far ...

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