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“I wish someone would explain why I am in care”: the impact of children and young people’s lack of understanding of why they are in out-of-home care on their well-being and felt security.

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Early online date9 Jan 2020
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DateAccepted/In press - 24 Nov 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 9 Jan 2020

Abstract

Having a good understanding of one’s origins and history is known to be significant in identity development. Drawing on a large-scale online survey of looked after children’s subjective well-being, this paper demonstrates that a significant number of children and young people (age 4-18 years) did not fully understand the reasons for their entry to care. The paper explores the effect of this lack of knowledge on children’s well-being and on their feelings of being settled in their current placement. The study reiterates the need for professionals to be honest and open with children in out-of-home care and the need to specifically address, perhaps repeatedly, why a child is not living with their birth family.

    Research areas

  • Out of home care, stability, Identity, Life story, Subjective well-being, gender differences

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