The search for permanence and stability: Modelling the pathways of long-stay looked after children

Dickens, Jonathan, Howell, Darren, Thoburn, June and Schofield, Gillian (2007) The search for permanence and stability: Modelling the pathways of long-stay looked after children. British Journal of Social Work, 37 (4). pp. 619-642. ISSN 0045-3102

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This paper presents findings from a study of children looked after by 24 local authorities in England. The study combined analysis of key statistical data with a questionnaire survey completed by the social workers for a sub-sample of the children. This paper focuses on children who started a period of being looked after in the participating authorities during the 6 months from October 2000 to March 2001. The study found considerable variation between the authorities in their rates of children starting to be looked after, and the paper explores reasons for these differences. It also highlights the variety of legal routes and placement options used for children entering the looked after system, and proposes a matrix that summarizes the various combinations that the authorities were found to be using. The matrix can assist social workers and their managers in identifying the most appropriate option for individual children.

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 14:30
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 09:40
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bch276

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