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Meeting children's needs within a family focussed agenda: The case of support care

Roberts, Louise ORCID: 2015. Meeting children's needs within a family focussed agenda: The case of support care. Children and Youth Services Review 53 , pp. 105-112. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.03.024

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This article is concerned with the experiences and perspectives of eleven children engaged with a family support service in England and Wales, UK. Support care is a short break provision for children, designed to ease family tensions and prevent long-term separation. Children and young people are most affected by families' involvement with the service as they have to spend regular periods away from their parents and home. The article is based on findings from a qualitative case study of support care. Eighty-two qualitative interviews and 22 h of participant observation were undertaken with children and young people, parents, support carers and social workers. Children's experiences of support care are examined within the article and this includes consideration of initial engagement with the service, the delivery of care and the relationships established with carers over the course of the intervention. Some practice tensions are highlighted in efforts to support children as well as maintain emphasis on family-focussed objectives. It is argued that the service specific issues raised have wider relevance for family support and social work policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children & family social work; Family preservation; Family support; Short breaks; Intervention
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0190-7409
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 20 March 2015
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 11:42

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