Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare

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Almost twenty years ago, conceptual work began in the United Kingdom on what was to become the international Looking After Children initiative. Looking After Children has had a profound influence on child welfare in Canada and some fifteen other countries, including the UK, Australia, Sweden, and Hungary. It has sharpened the developmental focus and improved the quality of services for children and adolescents who, because of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or other circumstances, live in out-of-home care. With ...
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Overview

Almost twenty years ago, conceptual work began in the United Kingdom on what was to become the international Looking After Children initiative. Looking After Children has had a profound influence on child welfare in Canada and some fifteen other countries, including the UK, Australia, Sweden, and Hungary. It has sharpened the developmental focus and improved the quality of services for children and adolescents who, because of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or other circumstances, live in out-of-home care. With its emphasis on high expectations, positive substitute parenting, and good short-term and long-term outcomes, Looking After Children has been an important vehicle for promoting resilience (i.e., good outcomes in spite of serious threats to development) in child welfare, one that will remain a beneficial influence in Canada and internationally for many years to come.

This book presents reviews of research, new empirical findings, and useful practice and policy suggestions derived from Looking After Children and related resilience-oriented perspectives. Practitioners, foster parents and other caregivers, youths in care, in-service trainers, students, researchers, and policy makers in Canada and elsewhere will find much in this book that speaks to more effective ways of improving the lives of young people being looked after in out-of-home care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780776635538
  • Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Series: Actexpress Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Flynn is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research on Community Services at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).

Peter M. Dudding is Executive Director of the Child Welfare league of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).

James G. Barber, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, is now Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Provost) of RMIT University (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Promoting resilience in development : a general framework for systems of care 3
Ch. 2 Promoting resilience and permanence in child welfare 18
Ch. 3 Resilience theory and its relevance for child welfare practice 34
Ch. 4 Identity formation and cultural resilience in aboriginal communities 52
Ch. 5 Resilient society or resilient children? : a comparison of child welfare service orientations in Sweden and Ontario, Canada 72
Ch. 6 Is permanence necessary for resilience? : advice for policy makers 94
Ch. 7 Foster care services for infants with prenatal substance exposure : developing capacity in the caregiving environment 115
Ch. 8 Growing up in care : resilience and care outcomes 131
Ch. 9 Psychosocial well-being and placement stability in foster care : implications for policy and practice 157
Ch. 10 Positive life experiences that promote resilience in young people in care 173
Ch. 11 Placement satisfaction of young people living in foster or group homes 191
Ch. 12 Hope in young people in care : role of active coping and other predictors 206
Ch. 13 Participation in structured voluntary activities, substance use, and psychological outcomes in out-of-home care 216
Ch. 14 Foster parenting practices and foster youth outcomes 231
Ch. 15 Costs and outcomes for looked-after children 248
Ch. 16 Resilience and young people leaving care : implications for child welfare policy and practice in the UK 264
Ch. 17 Training, experience, and supervision : keys to enhancing the utility of the assessment and action record in implementing looking after children 281
Ch. 18 The needs of children in care and the looking after children approach : steps towards promoting children's best interests 297
Ch. 19 Managing change : implementing looking after children at Prescott-Russell services to children and adults 316
Ch. 20 On becoming strength based in service delivery and program culture 337
Ch. 21 Developing a common assessment approach to the early identification of children in need : the Swansea, Wales, case study 352
Ch. 22 Implementing looking after children as a collaborative practice and policy framework in Victoria, Australia 368
Ch. 23 Promoting resilient outcomes in Australia with the looking after children electronic system (LACES) 390
Ch. 24 The integrated children's system : a resilient system to promote the development in children in care 401
Ch. 25 A synthesis of research findings and practice and policy suggestions for promoting resilient development among young people in care 418
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