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.

Supporting Adaptive Emotional Development

Supporting adaptive emotional development

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

(Albert Camus, 1913–60, Algerian-born French author, philosopher and journalist)

The staff at the children's homes in which we developed the ‘Authentic Warmth’ model of childcare, often worked three eight-hour shifts, end to end: the late shift starting at 2 p.m. was often followed by a sleep-in duty, which usually meant spending the night at the children's home, followed by an early shift the next day before finishing at 3 p.m. Twenty-five hours away from family and home is an accepted feature of residential childcare and when things are going well, when children are showing progress, when the time spent together has included fun and ...

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