Journal Article

The Views of Children and Young People on Being Cared For by an Independent Foster-Care Provider

Julie Selwyn, Hilary Saunders and Elaine Farmer

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 3, pages 696-713
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn117
The Views of Children and Young People on Being Cared For by an Independent Foster-Care Provider

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This paper reports some of the findings from a study (Farmer et al., 2007) commissioned by an independent foster-care provider, Foster Care Associates, to examine the progress and outcomes of children in their care over a one-year period. This is the first published study to ask children and young people placed with an independent fostering provider (IFP) about their views on the care they have received. While most children and young people were very positive about their placements and the support and activities provided for them, the research also raised questions about the stability of placements within the IFP sector and the promotion of children's friendships.

Keywords: Children's views; independent foster-care; placement stability; friendships; activities

Journal Article.  6617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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