Journal Article

Fostering Children and Young People on Remand: Care or Control?

Jo Lipscombe

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 6, pages 973-986
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl059
Fostering Children and Young People on Remand: Care or Control?

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Remand foster-carers can provide placements for children and young people awaiting trial or sentence within criminal courts. The role of fostering children and young people on remand is in some ways more complex than fostering other children, as remand foster-carers have to bridge the divide between providing the care of the welfare system and the control of the criminal justice system. This paper considers the ways in which a small sample of remand foster-carers attempted to manage these tensions and incongruities and tried to reach a balance between care and control. The paper identifies two main ‘parenting’ approaches adopted by remand foster-carers, and comments on the appropriateness of each to meet the needs of children and young people on remand, whilst still achieving the requirements of the criminal justice system.

Keywords: foster-care; children and young people; remand; young offenders

Journal Article.  6579 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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