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Children in foster care with challenging behaviour in Wales (UK): key themes and issues for practice and research

Pithouse, Andrew Joseph ORCID: and Lowe, Katherine 2008. Children in foster care with challenging behaviour in Wales (UK): key themes and issues for practice and research. Families in Society 89 (1) , pp. 109-118. 10.1606/1044-3894.3715

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Foster care in Wales (UK) engages frequently with children thought to present with challenging behaviour. It is essential we gain a deeper understanding of their behaviour in order to inform our thinking about how we provide support to children and carers. The paper presents key findings from research into a total population of fostered children in four neighbouring local authorities in South Wales who were considered to exhibit challenging behaviour. The paper examines children’s characteristics and key processes in fostering and in doing so, outlines the very different behaviours and difficulties associated with these children as perceived by carers. The article concludes with some reflection on the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and its sufficiency to account for difficulties in foster placements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: behaviour disorders; challenging behaviour; foster care; foster children; placement
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 24/04/2014).
Publisher: Alliance for Children and Families
ISSN: 1044-3894
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 02:42

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