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Support Foster Care: developing a short-break service for children in need

Greenfields, Margaret and Statham, June (2004) Support Foster Care: developing a short-break service for children in need. [Report]

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Under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, local authorities can provide short breaks for children with foster or other families. The majority of such placements are used to support the families of disabled children, but they may also be used in other circumstances. Support foster care schemes aim to work with families who are experiencing difficulties or stress by providing short breaks for children and support for parents. Such schemes have been slow to develop, and the Department of Health commissioned the Thomas Coram Research Unit to carry out a small-scale study to find out more about the barriers, legal and otherwise, that might be deterring local authorities from establishing support care schemes, and how such barriers might be overcome. This report summarises the findings.

Item Type: Report
Additional Information: Published in joint DfES/Institute of Education series 'Understanding Children's Social Care' (independently peer reviewed and widely distributed through government regional offices).
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: Ms Jenny Hogg
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2009 17:28
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:04
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