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.

Theory into Practice

Theory into practice

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

(Jan van de Snepscheut, 1953–94, computer scientist and educator)

Historically, there has been an unspoken belief pervading the childcare profession that looking after children is mainly a matter of common sense. In England, most foster carers do not undergo formal training and it is only since 2001 that residential childcare workers have been required to complete a National Vocational Qualification, Caring for Children and Young People (Level 3), where the focus is mainly on issues like child protection, health and safety, food and hygiene, suitable activities for children and equal opportunities. While the NVQ requirement is a step forward, it is only a tiny one towards a ...

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