Understanding and negotiating identity: Children from cross-community families in public care in Northern Ireland.

Bernadette Kelly, R. Sinclair

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Abstract

In Northern Ireland, most research on the impact upon children of living through the 'troubles' and in a divided society has assumed that children are from either the Catholic or Protestant community. There has been very little researchwith children from cross-community families who have one parent from a Catholic background and one from a Protestant background. it is know, however, that these children are over-represented in the public care system in Northern Ireland. The study reported in this paper addresses this gap in knowledge by exploring the experiences and views of children from cross-community families who are in public care in northern Ireland. The study has key messages for the development of services for looked after children from cross-community families, if these are to be delivered in accordance with legislative duties in Northern Ireland and in an anti-sectarian manner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-342
Number of pages12
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume10(4)
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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