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.

Psychological Consultation and Support

Psychological consultation and support

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.

(Paul Valéry, 1871–1945, French poet, essayist and critic)

Both the obvious and the often hidden problems faced by children and young people who have experienced rejection, abuse and neglect, are likely to be multi-layered, difficult to unpick and unlikely to have simple solutions. One of the advantages of the ‘Authentic Warmth’ model of childcare is that it enables carers and the professional practitioners who support them, to cut through some of the complexity and to produce an action plan which builds on the existing skills of carers, leans heavily on psychology as a knowledge base, is supported by the expertise of a ...

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