Child-Centred Foster Care
200 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Aug 2011

Child-Centred Foster Care

A Rights-Based Model for Practice

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Fostering is vitally important: the majority of looked after children are fostered, yet these children are often left out of the agenda and their voices are not heard.This book sets out a child-centred approach to foster care which argues against thinking about children purely from a psychological perspective and instead places children's views, rights and needs at the centre of care. It sets out the theory behind working in partnership with children who are fostered, and discusses children's views about fostering systems and living with foster carers. The book then outlines how to put the theory into practice, offering models, processes and best practice examples. Practical advice is given on establishing effective communication and good working relationships between practitioners, carers and foster children. This insightful book aims to promote better services and outcomes for fostered children, and will be essential reading for social work practitioners and students.
'Based on thorough, sociologically informed research into children's stories about being fostered, this book challenges some of the dominant theoretical and conceptual approaches to understanding children's experiences. [It is] an excellent review of literature as well as a research-informed text in its own right[and] offer[s] real possibilities for a way forward and for shaking up professional vocabularies about children and fostering where these have become stale.'-- From the Foreword by Sue White, Professor of Social Work (Children and Families), University of Birmingham, UK
Annabel Goodyer is Principal Lecturer for Social Work, London South Bank University, UK. She is a qualified social worker and has many years' experience working with children and families.
Introduction. Part One. Setting out the Terrain. 1. Introducing the Contexts of Fostering. 2. The Theoretical Approach. 3. Fostering Research. 4. What Children and Young People Say about Being Fostered. Part Two. Setting out the Evidence Base. 5. What Children and Young People Say about Moving to a Foster Home. 6. What Children and Young People Say about Living in a Foster Home. 7. Children's Views About Fostering Systems. Part Three. Putting Children's Views into Practice. 8. Best Practice. 9. How to Communicate with and Support Children who are Fostered. 10. Participation. 11. Selecting Carers. 12. Conclusion: Towards Better Outcomes for Foster Children. References. Index.
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