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Caring for Abused and Neglected Children


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1. Introduction. 2. Study Design. 3. The Children's Admission to Care. 4. The Effective Decision: How Children and Parents Were Getting On. 5. How the Effective Decision was Made: Planning and Outcome. 6. How the Effective Decision was Made: Experiences of Parents and Children. 7. Children's Experiences at Home and in Care: The First Six Months. 8. Placements and Stability at Follow-up. 9. Well-Being and Progress at Follow-up. 10. Exploring Well-Being at Follow-up. 11. Case Studies: From Admission to Follow-up. 12. Conclusion. Appendix A. A Global Outcome Measure of Child Well-Being. References. Index.

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Examines the long term consequences of the decision whether or not to reunify a child in care with their birth family

About the Author

Jim Wade is Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York, UK. Nina Biehal is Research Director, SPRU, University of York, UK. Nicola Farrelly is Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire, UK. Ian Sinclair is Professor Emeritus, SPRU, University of York, UK. Their research interests include children in care, reunification with birth families, foster care and adoption, and leaving care.


Overall the book provides a useful read for EPs, particularly those who work specifically with looked after children. It reminds all involved in supporting children, young people and their families of the role they play in safeguarding. -- Debate
This is a well-written and well-presented book. It is useful for social workers, social work students and professionals working with young people in the public care system faced with making the decision of whether a child should remain looked after or returned home. -- PSW
The decision to return a child home after a period in care couldn't be more critical. If you want a comprehensive, evidence-based exploration of the issues and consequences of these life changing professional decisions, then this is a 'must read'. -- John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, British Association for Adoption and Fostering

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