Growing up in foster care: providing a secure base through adolescence

Schofield, Gillian and Beek, Mary (2009) Growing up in foster care: providing a secure base through adolescence. Child & Family Social Work, 14 (3). pp. 255-266. ISSN 1365-2206

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As the UK Government White Paper, Care Matters: Time for Change, suggested, foster children need the care system to provide them with good quality foster family care that will help them through childhood to success and fulfilment of their potential in adult life. This paper draws on the third phase of Growing Up in Foster Care, a longitudinal study of 52 children in planned, long-term foster care (1997–2006). It aims to increase our understanding of the transformational power of foster family relationships over time and particularly in adolescence. It shows how a secure base parenting model, using concepts from attachment and resilience, can be applied to foster care of adolescents. The paper uses case material to demonstrate each dimension of this secure base model and to emphasise how, even when adolescents have had stable and effective placements, they are likely to need support through into adulthood.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Child Protection & Family Support
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (former - to 2023)
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 11:39
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2023 00:23
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00592.x

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