The Pursuit of Permanence: A Study of the English Child Care System

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Children in public care complain that they have too many placements. Professionals agree but little is known about the reasons for this instability or how it affects different groups of children. The Pursuit of Permanence explores this core issue for children's services.

Based on the largest study of the English care system in recent years, the book examines the children (what they need and what they want), their movements into, out of and within the care system, the nature and ...

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Overview

Children in public care complain that they have too many placements. Professionals agree but little is known about the reasons for this instability or how it affects different groups of children. The Pursuit of Permanence explores this core issue for children's services.

Based on the largest study of the English care system in recent years, the book examines the children (what they need and what they want), their movements into, out of and within the care system, the nature and quality of their placements and the outcomes (whether the children are settled or happy). It analyses the reasons for movements and outcomes in different groups of children, and the relative impacts of the departments, social work teams and placements. It concludes with suggestions about how the care system should work, what it should offer and how it should be managed and inspected.

This detailed, innovative and comprehensive study is essential reading for all professionals and academics involved with fostering, leaving care, adoption and children's services, as well as policy makers and students on social work courses.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781843105954
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 12/15/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Sinclair is a research professor in the Social Work Research and Development Unit at The University of York, UK. Here he has been responsible for a large programme of work on children's homes, foster care and movement within the care system. Claire Baker worked at the Social Work Research and Development Unit at the University of York, in the fields of children in and leaving care (particularly disabled children), children in foster care, and stability and permanence issues for looked after children. She now works at the National Leaving Care Advisory Service. Jenny Lee worked as a research fellow at the SWRDU at the University of York, in the fields of looked after children, young people leaving care and young people running away from home. Ian Gibbs is a research consultant at the SWRDU at the University of York. His main area of research is looked after children, particularly those in residential care and foster care.
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