• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book offers an authoritative overview of child care policy and practice in the UK. It covers assessment and family support services, understanding child maltreatment and protection, the care of looked after children, including the contribution of adoption, foster, and residential care, services for those leaving care and barriers facing disabled children and their families.

The book reflects the complexity and contested nature of children's needs, rights, and interests and relationships between family and state. It analyzes relevant debates and research and highlights practice issues and dilemmas. Readers are also directed to sources of further information on topics they may wish to explore in more depth. At the end of each chapter, there is guidance for further reading, resources for practice and questions for discussion.

Intended Audience

The book is aimed at social work practitioners and professionals working with children and families as well as undergraduate students in childhood studies or social policy.

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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