Widening our knowledge concerning young looked after children. The case for research using sociological models of childhood

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Abstract

The Assessment and Action framework for looked after children, designed to improve outcomes for all children in public care and those at home on care orders, is now well established in the UK. This paper offers a critical evaluation of the framework by examining the model of childhood upon which it is premised and by exploring its relationship to children's rights as conceptualized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). It will be argued that the particular child development model which underpins the framework addresses the rights of looked after children to protection and provision but does not allow for their participation rights to be sufficiently addressed. A critical review of the research concerning the education and health of looked after children is used to illustrate these points. It will be argued that what are missing are the detailed accounts of looked after children themselves. It is concluded that there is a need for the development of additional research approaches premised upon sociological models of childhood. These would allow for a greater engagement with the participation rights of this group of children and complement the pre-existing research agenda
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume11 (1)
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health(social science)

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