Providing a secure base for LGBTQ young people in foster care: the role of foster carers

Schofield, Gillian, Cossar, Jeanette, Ward, Emma, Larsson, Birgit and Belderson, Pippa (2019) Providing a secure base for LGBTQ young people in foster care: the role of foster carers. Child & Family Social Work, 24 (3). pp. 372-381. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

The experiences and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer / questioning (LGBTQ) young people in care have been overlooked in England, both in policy and research. This article reports on findings from the first study of LGBTQ young people in care in England, and focuses on the nature of foster carers’ experiences and perspectives on caring for LGBTQ young people. Qualitative interviews regarding the fostering role in caring for LGBTQ young people were conducted with a sample of foster carers (n=26) and analysed thematically. Foster carers described the importance of offering LGBTQ young people not only the nurturing relationships that all children in care need, but also availability, sensitivity and acceptance to help young people manage stigma and other challenges associated with minority sexual orientation and gender identity. The Secure Base caregiving model provided a framework for analysing the different dimensions of these relationships. Understanding caregiving roles and relationships for LGBTQ young people in care has important implications for recruiting, training, matching and supporting foster carers to care for LGBTQ young people effectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lesbian,gay,bisexual,questioning (lgbtq),foster care,secure base model
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2020 00:10
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71874
DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12657

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