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The Children of Looked After Children

Outcomes, Experiences and Ensuring Meaningful Support to Young Parents In and Leaving Care

By Louise Roberts

Published

Mar 24, 2021

Page count

172 pages

ISBN

978-1447354291

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 24, 2021

Page count

172 pages

ISBN

978-1447354307

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
The Children of Looked After Children
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EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Based on groundbreaking original research, this book provides a comprehensive account of the issues surrounding pregnancy and parenthood for young people in and leaving care.

Featuring the voices of care-experienced parents, together with reflections from practitioners, it offers valuable insights into the issues facing this group. Using qualitative data to explore why parenthood is such an important issue for young people in and leaving care, this book shows what can be learned from their experiences in order to improve outcomes for parents and children in the future.

The author highlights the practical and emotional needs of care-experienced parents and gives clear advice for practitioners on how these needs might be better addressed through summary points, practice guidance and recommendations for policy and practice.

"Brings to light the experience of parenting whilst having to navigate the care system or leaving care services, providing insight into what constitutes effective practice and meaningful support." Caroline Cresswell, University of Oxford

“This heartfelt plea to provide better support for care-experienced young parents is based on solid research and the powerful testimonies of young people, many of whom have had their children removed. It should be essential reading for all 'corporate parents'.” June Statham, UCL Institute of Education

“This revealing book engages intimately with the hidden voice of young parents and asks compelling questions of policy and practice. A highly significant contribution to the field.” Andrew Pithouse, Cardiff University

Louise Roberts is Lecturer in Social Work at Cardiff University.

Introduction

Early pregnancy risk and missed opportunities to plan for parenthood

Outcomes for parents in and leaving care: parenting ‘success’ and corporate parenting failure

Professional perspectives: assessing parenting potential and managing dual responsibilities

The experiences of parents: hopes, anxieties and reflections

Responding to diverse needs: support availability, sustainability and acceptability

Conclusion: If this were my child