Babies And Young Children in Care: Life Pathways, by Harriet Ward, Emily R. Munro, Chris Dearden

By Harriet Ward, Emily R. Munro, Chris Dearden

Infants and intensely youngsters in care usually adventure a number of alterations of placement and carer, that may have a adverse effect upon their long term skill to strengthen safe attachments. "Babies and childrens in Care" examines why infants input care or lodging and why securing their long term destiny could be a long technique. It analyses the conditions, features and reviews of those youngsters earlier than, in the course of and after being taken care of, together with purposes for adjustments of carer and site disruptions. It appears at how young ones are plagued by the inability of balance of their lives, and discover the implications of reunification with their mom and dad after lengthy classes in care. Drawing on interviews with beginning mom and dad, carers and social care execs, the authors hint the complicated decision-making method that impacts those kid's early reports and the impression this has on their later improvement and wellbeing and fitness. they give a transparent clarification of the results of companies for extraordinarily kids and signpost messages for perform. This e-book is a key textual content for researchers, practitioners, coverage makers and social care managers.

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1: Reasons for placement change for 42 children while looked after Reason for change Percentage of moves (n=100) Planned transitions Planned move to new placement 59 Foster carers need relief 8 Child ceased to be looked after 8 Unplanned transitions Placement no longer available 4 Residential assessment broke down 5 Placement with parent broke down 7 Placement with relatives/friends broke down 5 Placement with local authority foster carers broke down 4 Total Not known 100 1 62 / Babies and Young Children in Care Unplanned changes of placement One in four (25) of these 100 moves were unplanned transitions, made because placements ended prematurely.

Past research has tended to emphasise being older at placement and behavioural difficulties as key predictive factors in placement disruption and instability (see for example, Fratter et al. 1991; Hartnett et al. 1999). 43). We have information about the reasons behind 100 of the 101 moves made by the 42 babies in our study. 1 and are now explored to shed further light on the instability which is such a worrying feature of the care system. 1: Reasons for placement change for 42 children while looked after Reason for change Percentage of moves (n=100) Planned transitions Planned move to new placement 59 Foster carers need relief 8 Child ceased to be looked after 8 Unplanned transitions Placement no longer available 4 Residential assessment broke down 5 Placement with parent broke down 7 Placement with relatives/friends broke down 5 Placement with local authority foster carers broke down 4 Total Not known 100 1 62 / Babies and Young Children in Care Unplanned changes of placement One in four (25) of these 100 moves were unplanned transitions, made because placements ended prematurely.

Both the health visitor and family centre provided support and monitored Beth’s care. After a month, a number of anonymous referrals were received by social services concerning Beth’s care, although when home visits were made she appeared well. When Beth was ten months old, her mother requested accommodation for her daughter as she felt unable to cope, but she then refused the placements offered. Beth then spent time living with a number of relatives before being accommodated by the local authority under the Children Act 1989 (Section 20) aged 11 months.

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