Experiences of parents with children in care: a review of the literature and implications for practice

turner, nicola louise (2012) Experiences of parents with children in care: a review of the literature and implications for practice. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Research into the experiences of parents with children in care has suggested that they have a range of needs that are not always being met, and the level of support currently being offered may not be enough. The aim of this literature review was to identify the common themes in qualitative literature on the experiences of parents with children in care, in order to inform the development of more suitable services and interventions. A systematic literature search was utilised to identify relevant articles that helped to answer the research questions, and a total of seven articles were analysed in order to provide an insight into the experiences of parents whose children have been taken into care. The common themes identified in the research included emotional upheaval, stigma and inferiority, threatened identity and powerlessness, and quality of service. These have been explored using appropriate theory, and implications for future practice have been identified. It was concluded that a whole family focus, together with further research into resources to support parents with children in care, and practice guidance clarifying social workers’ role and responsibilities, could help to improve the quality of service that parents with children in care are receiving.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8790

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