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Is the care system failing children?

Forrester, Donald ORCID: 2008. Is the care system failing children? Political Quarterly 79 (2) , pp. 206-211. 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2008.00927.x

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Public care is widely perceived to be failing children, and this belief is at the heart of government proposals set out in the Care Matters white paper. This article argues that on the contrary, research tends to find that children's welfare improves while they are in care. The reasons for the negative perception of care are considered and it is argued that care should be seen as a positive option for children in families experiencing severe difficulties and as a form of family support rather than an alternative option. This would move the United Kingdom toward a more European model for the place of care for children in difficult family situations, rather than an American model which focuses on minimizing the use of public care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Care; Fostering; Adoption; Residential Care; Children Looked After
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0032-3179
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 06:47

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