How beneficial is direct contact for looked after children, in permanency placement, with their birth parents?

Sanderson, Rebekah Nicole (2014) How beneficial is direct contact for looked after children, in permanency placement, with their birth parents? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study discusses the benefits of direct contact for children in the care of the local authority with their biological parents. The author completed a literature review analysing academic journals to indicate key themes in researcher’s studies and critically evaluate the negative and positive impacts on children’s well-being. The findings show that unreliable, destructive contact can cause children to replay traumatic events leading to behavioural difficulties and further distress. The maintaining of dysfunctional attachment relationships can result in a child interpreting their sense of self as being unworthy and impact the child’s ability to have future functional relationships. Contact whether negative or positive allows the child to understand their own identity. The findings show that most children want contact with their birth parents and with social work support beneficial contact can proceed.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15407

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