Waiting to Be Found: Papers on Children in Care

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Andrew Briggs
Karnac Books, 2012 - Psychology - 320 pages
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This book is about children in State care and its title - Waiting to be Found - is derived from an observation about such children by the child psychotherapist Hamish Canham. In one of his early papers Canham wrote that children's homes often reminded him of "station waiting rooms with children waiting to move on to their next placement and staff waiting for the next shift, or working as a residential social worker in order to get experience before moving on to do something else or further training." This book takes his comment about waiting rooms as its starting point, with each contributor building upon its central implications. The contributors to this book each explore the importance of relationship; whether between child and care system, child and clinician or other practitioner, practitioners with practitioners, or individuals with the organization in which they work. Overall they demonstrate when attention is paid to any one of these relationships this determines emotional-psycho-social success for the child, and how when this attention is missing serious issues arise. As a snapshot view of the way Canham's focus is used today, they show that he was ahead of his time in thinking about the structure and function of what we now recognize as the corporate parent.

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Andrew Briggs is Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, and an organizational consultant with many years experience working with senior managers and teams within public sector and not-for-profit organizations delivering services to adopted and children in care. He is a visiting lecturer to Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation Trust for courses on public sector leadership and management, and was a former Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Kent Institute for Medical and Health Studies, University of Kent. He is the author of many peer-reviewed papers on aspects of child and adolescent psychotherapy and editor of two books in the Karnac Tavistock series: Surviving Space: Papers on Infant Observation (2002), and Waiting to be Found: Papers on Children in Care (2012).

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