Still the poor relations? Perspectives on valuing and listening to foster carers

Kirton, Derek and Beecham, Jennifer and Ogilvie, Kate (2007) Still the poor relations? Perspectives on valuing and listening to foster carers. Adoption and Fostering, 31 (3). pp. 6-17. ISSN 0308-5759. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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There has long been debate regarding the treatment and status of foster carers but this has gained added significance in the context of moves towards professionalisation and recognition of carers as part of the children’s workforce. While research studies have often touched upon the extent to which foster carers feel valued, appreciated or members of a team, less attention has been given to the perspectives of social workers and managers. Drawing on quantitative survey data and qualitative material from focus groups and interviews, Kirton et al explore from the different perspectives of supervising social workers, service managers and foster carers, the extent to which the latter are valued, listened to or regarded as ‘colleagues’ by social work professionals and agencies. Key findings include that carers’ sense of being valued may be linked to factors such as age, experience, health and number of placements provided. Discussion of the status of foster carers revealed not only wide variation in practice but also a complex set of sentiments and significant divisions among social work professionals on the question of whether carers should be regarded as ‘colleagues’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008 13:48
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 15:10
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