“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.

Jo C Staines*, Julie Selwyn

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume25
Issue number51
Early online date9 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2020

Structured keywords

  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre
  • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice

Keywords

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

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