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Children's, Young People's and Parents' Perspectives on Contact: Findings from the Evaluation of Social Work Practices

Larkins, Cath, Ridley, Julie, Farrelly, Nicola, Austerberry, Helen, Bilson, Andy, Hussein, Shereen, Manthorpe, Jill, Stanley, Nicky (2015) Children's, Young People's and Parents' Perspectives on Contact: Findings from the Evaluation of Social Work Practices. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (1). pp. 296-312. ISSN 0045-3102. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct135) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper reports children's, young people's and parents' perspectives on birth family contact from interviews conducted across eleven local authorities in England between 2009 and 2012 as part of the national evaluation of Social Work Practice (SWP) pilots: independent organisations providing social work support for looked after children and care leavers. The matched control evaluation, reported fully elsewhere ( Stanley et al., 2013), showed most children and young people interviewed in both SWP and comparison sites felt they had the ‘right’ amount of contact with the ‘right’ members of their birth families. Factors found to be key to child and parental satisfaction with contact include: involvement in decision making; speed of social work response; resolution of practical problems; provision of information and emotional support; and investment in building relationships. Evaluation of the SWPs demonstrated progress over time in increasing satisfaction with contact for some young people and some parents also reported improvements, but progress was not uniform and good practice was also evident in comparison sites. Regardless of the organisational model adopted, social work which increases children's, young people's and families' satisfaction with contact arrangements requires an ethic of care, a rights-based approach and access to resources, such as worker time and transport.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bct135
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1093/bjsw/bct135 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - British Journal of Social Work [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Birth parents, Children's rights, CONTACT, Intergenerational Relations, Looked after children, Social work practices
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68315 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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