In Care and After: A Positive Perspective

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Elaine Chase, Antonia Simon, Sonia Jackson
Routledge, 2006 - Medical - 202 pages
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There are approximately 69,000 children and young people in local authority care in Britain. While much has been written in recent years about poor outcomes for young people who have been looked after by local authorities, very little has been said about those for whom care has been a positive experience. Based on research from the Thomas Coram Unit, the text's contributors look at the views and experiences of young people and provide a more encouraging outlook of what those in care have the potential to achieve. Factors are identified which help to result in more successful outcomes and policy recommendations are made for enabling young people in and leaving care to triumph when the odds are stacked against them. By focusing on positive outcomes and experiences this book adds a new dimension to the current literature on local authority care of young people and children. Those working within the fields of social care, health and education and students on social work courses will find this essential reading and a welcome addition.

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Elaine Chase is a senior research officer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in the field of health promotion, both in the UK and internationally for the past 17 years. The main focus of her research is the health and well being of children and young people, especially those who are at risk of marginalization and disadvantage.

Sonia Jackson is a Professorial Fellow of the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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