The perspectives of young children in care about their circumstances and implications for social work practice

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Abstract

Recent reviews of research regarding children in care have concluded that there remains little research which specifically focuses on young children. This paper presents the findings of research carried out with a sample of young children in care (aged 4-7 years) regarding their perspectives of their circumstances. The findings reveal that they have deeply held views regarding living with risk; removal from their families; unresolved feelings of guilt and loss; and not being listened to. This paper considers the implications of these findings for social work practice. It concludes by stressing the capacity of young children in care to express their perspectives, and the importance of practitioners seeking these views and incorporating them into assessment and decision-making processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume15
Issue number2
Early online date01 Mar 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Professions(all)

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