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Chapter 7: Choice, Stability and Permanence: Placements for Looked after Children

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Choice, Stability and Permanence: Placements for Looked after Children
Choice, stability and permanence: Placements for looked after children

Having discussed broader issues relating to the care system in the previous chapter, we turn our attention to the issue of ‘placement’, essentially a jargon term for where the looked after child will live. The main body of this chapter comprises an examination of the three main placement options for looked after children, namely, adoption, foster care and residential care, but we start by looking at some of the more thematic issues relating to such placements.

Permanence and Stability

The issue of permanence has been considered previously (see Chapter 6) and remains the ‘gold standard’ for child care planning. In situations when it is not possible within the birth or ...

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