Suzette Waterhouse Social Work Practitioner and Researcher; Joan Hunt Senior Research Fellow University of Oxford and; Eleanor Lutman Research Associate University of Bristol.
This article presents the messages for policy and practice arising from a study of outcomes for children in kinship care carried out by Oxford Universitys Centre for Family Law and Policy (J Hunt S Waterhouse E Lutman Keeping them in the family: outcomes for abused and neglected children placed with family or friends carers through care proceedings (BAAF 2008)). The study examined outcomes for all children (113) from two English local authorities placed with kin as the result of care proceedings between 1995 and 2001 following them up in 2004/05 using data from Social Services files and interviews with kinship carers social workers and children (data was also collected on 31 children aged under 5 at the end of proceedings placed with unrelated carers).
The study was funded by the Department for Education and Skills (now the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF)) as part of its...
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