Recommendations to reduce the prevalence of placement movement in looked-after children through assessment of current issues from the perspectives of social work practitioners, foster carers and looked-after children

Milne, Tamzin Alexina (2014) Recommendations to reduce the prevalence of placement movement in looked-after children through assessment of current issues from the perspectives of social work practitioners, foster carers and looked-after children. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Previous research has determined a variety of causes of placement breakdown of looked-after children in state care, as well as the social and psychological effects of the breakdown on the development of children. This literature has identified mental health disorders, behavioural issues and reduced social and emotional development as the lasting effects of placement breakdown. The aim of this review is to determine the key themes in placement breakdown in relation to the experiences of social work practitioners (SWs), foster carers (FCs) and looked-after children (LAC). Through a comprehensive review of the up to date literature relevant to care conditions experienced in the UK of Children aged between 6 and 18, an analysis of the prevalent patterns has been achieved; identifying communication and systematic failures between SWs and FCs and LAC. Barriers and restrictions created by current legislation have also been identified as a cause for placement breakdowns. By determining patterns leading to placement breakdown a range of recommendations have been created in order to reduce the rates. They include: SWs to allocate time for pre-placement planning, including providing support and training for the foster carers; the requirement of a co-operative approach between LAs, SWs, and FCs in the sharing of information and to ensure LAC have the opportunity to expression their opinions and issues related to their placement.

    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 13:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15409

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