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.

Into the Future

Into the future

The dreams that we dream for our children never come true, nor are they wholly in vain.

(Bruno Bettelheim, 1903–90, psychologist and writer)

This book has described a journey that started with the realisation that for many children and young people in public care, all was not well, and ended in a carefully worked out model of childcare, designed to deliver quality parenting with sensitive support to children and young people who had received emotionally damaging life experiences. This ‘Authentic Warmth’ model works because its components are derived from psychological research and theory and because these can be delivered by carers who really do care.

We believe that the ‘Authentic Warmth’ approach to childcare has benefits for children and carers alike and represents ...

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