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Foster carers and family contact : foster carers' views of social work support

Austerberry, Helen and Stanley, Nicky and Larkins, Cath and Ridley, Julie and Farrelly, Nicola and Manthorpe, Jill and Hussein, Shereen (2013) Foster carers and family contact : foster carers' views of social work support. Adoption & Fostering, 37 (2). pp. 116-129. ISSN 0308-5759. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Foster carers have an important role to play in maximising the quality of any contact between children and their parents and monitoring its effects on the child. This article explores how a sample of foster carers view family contact and the professional support they receive concerning their role in this activity. It draws on a large-scale survey (N¼1405) of English foster carers conducted in 2011 as part of the SocialWork Practices Evaluation. Data provided by those carers who had had difficulties relating to contact (N¼405) were further analysed thematically. Foster carers with disabilities and those experiencing difficulties in contact arrangements were less satisfied with support from the child’s social worker than other foster carers. Foster carers valued social workers who considered the interests of all parties affected by contact plans and decisions. The practice implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Fostering , Fostering support, Family contact , Sociology and Political Science
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Social Science Research Unit
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 14:17
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:03
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