This book includes contributions from a wide range of interested observers and practitioners in the field of children in care and adoption, focusing on a core aspect of their emotional well-being and mental health. It focuses in particular on psychoanalytic, systemic and attachment theory approaches to the question of 'belonging': can these children allow themselves to belong to their new families, and also can these new families allow themselves to belong to these children? Highly innovative clinical work with these children in various settings is discussed alongside chapters that provide thought-provoking commentaries from practitioners surveying the often extremely disturbing societal and systemic landscape for the emotional lives of these children. The book is written to be accessible to clinicians, practitioners, researchers, policy advisors and students of all disciplines who have an interest in or brief to work with fostered and adopted children. It is hoped that the book will be used for teaching purposes on courses qualifying professionals across the child development, mental health and social care spectrum.
About the Author
Andrew Briggs is Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, and an organisational consultant with many years experience working with senior managers and teams within public sector and not-for-profit organisations delivering services to adopted children and children in care. He is a visiting lecturer to Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for courses on public sector leadership and management, and was a former Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Kent Institute for Medical and Health Studies, University of Kent. He is the author of many peer-reviewed papers on aspects of child and adolescent psychotherapy and editor of two books in the Karnac Tavistock series: 'Surviving Space: Papers on Infant Observation' (2002), and 'Waiting to be Found: Papers on Children in Care' (2012).
Table of ContentsSeries Editor’s Preface
About the Editor and Contributors
1) Towards belonging: conceptual definitions—Andrew Briggs
2) Some reflections on “towards belonging” for children in care: guided journey or “wandering lost”?—Richard Rollinson
3) Towards belonging: the role of a residential setting—John Diamond
4) Establishing a sense of belonging for looked after children: the journey from fear and shame to love and belonging—Jim Walker
5) From owning to belonging—Jenny Sprince
6) Belonging inside: a child in search of herself—Becky Wylde
7) The smell of belonging—Lesley Maroni
8) Fostering relationships for looked after children—Sara Barratt
9) Existential yearning: a family systemic perspective on belonging—John Hills