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Consultation on private fostering: proposed new regulations, national minimum standards and guidance

Author:
WALES. Welsh Assembly Government
Publisher:
Wales. Welsh Assembly Government
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
104p.
Place of publication:
Cardiff

A privately fostered child is one who is under the age of 16 (under 18 if (s)he is disabled) and who is cared for and accommodated by someone other than a parent, other person with parental responsibility or close relative. A child is not privately fostered if the person caring for him/her has done so for fewer than 28 days and does not intend to do so for longer than that. Carers and parents are required to notify the local social services authority in the area where the private fostering placement is made. The authority has the duty to satisfy itself that the welfare of the child concerned is safeguarded and promoted and may impose conditions on, or prohibit, the private fostering arrangement. The extended duties to be placed on local social services authorities are: to be satisfied as to the welfare of children who are proposed to be, or are being, privately fostered; and · to monitor the way they discharge those duties.

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Lost in transit

Author:
FRY Ena
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 29.10.92, 1992, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Young people with disabilities leaving care are in danger of falling into a gap between services provided under the Children Act and those offered under community care.

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Surviving ethnicity and disability: minority children in public care

Author:
ZAVIRSEK Darja
Journal article citation:
Ljetopis Studijskog Centra Socijalnog Rada, 10(2), 2003, pp.197-210.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb
Place of publication:
Zagreb

The recent child centred perspective in social work theory and practice is driven by the “modernisation of childhood” which stresses the importance of a child as a subject and a citizen with his or her own group rights. At the same time children living in public institutions experience a lack of child’s centred caregiving and a lack of personal visibility. This is especially true for the disabled and ethnic minority children who are most often recipients of public care where a traditional pattern of caregiving is maintained. The author demonstrates that both groups of children experience civic disability while experiencing institutionalisation in residential care. [Article in Croatian].

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Early institutional provision in Scotland for disabled children

Author:
HUTCHISON Iain
Journal article citation:
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 3(1), February 2004, pp.31-43.
Publisher:
Department of Social Work. University of Strathclyde.

Reviews the early history of disabled children's institutional provision in Scotland, noting the industrialising and urbanising context and the fragmented development, each kind of disability being regarded separately. Examines the aims of institutions and their variety of objectives - education and training, medical intervention, custodial confinement. Discusses supporters' and administrators' objectives and includes first hand testimony. Development was uneven. Sensory, mental and physical impairments were not identified as distinct; particular conditions were seen as separate and attracted attention at different times, resulting in different responses. Disability was identified as a 'problem'. Children were removed from family life, stigmatised, and had their aspirations and expectations stifled. Institutions projected a caring image, but children were in fact often traumatised by strict discipline and loss of family contact and basic freedoms.

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A way with words

Author:
EATON Lynn
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 18.4.91, 1991, pp.25-27.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Looks at the Hamilton and East Kilbride writer in residence scheme, which proved a success with a wide range of clients.

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Disabled children in residential placements

Author:
PINNEY Anne
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Education and Skills
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
68p.
Place of publication:
London

This report draws together available information about the numbers, circumstances and outcomes of disabled children in residential placements provided by Social Services, Education and Health. There are around 13,300 disabled children in long-term residential placements, mainly in special schools, children's homes and hospitals. The report provides the most comprehensive picture yet of these children, drawing on education, health and social care data.

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Social work with young people in care: looking after children in theory and practice

Author:
THOMAS Nigel
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
212p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Basingstoke

This text offers an introduction to social work with children and young people who are looked after away from home. The book explains the context in which children are looked after, the range of services available, and the research evidence, laying the groundwork for developing good practice skills. It emphasises the importance of listening to children and to issues of disability and ethnicity.

Journal article

Children with disabilities: abuse, neglect, and the child welfare system

Author:
BRUHN Christina M.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 8(1/2), 2003, pp.173-203.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Children in out-of-home care due to abuse and neglect are at disproportionately high risk for disabling conditions. The reasons for the over-representation of children with disabilities in the child welfare system are reviewed and discussed in this chapter. Factors discussed include impact of abuse and neglect, the impact risk factors such as exposure to community and domestic violence and poverty, risk of abuse or neglect associated with disability, and child welfare system factors. In addition, the need for greater efficacy in identification of disability, identification of service needs, and linkage with and delivery of services to serve the needs of children with disabilities in out-of-home care is addressed. Recommendations for policy review at State and Federal levels are offered along with direction for future research. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street Binghamton, NY 13904-1580)

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Start and stop

Author:
VAUX Gary
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 17.10.02, 2002, p.43.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at how a families disability living allowance and child benefits can be affected when a child becomes looked after.

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Disabled children living away from home in the UK

Authors:
READ Janet, HARRISON Christine
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work, 2(2), August 2002, pp.211-231.
Publisher:
Sage

This article reviews existing findings about disabled children in the UK who are living away from home. Goes on to highlight research findings about the general population of children who live away from home, and explores the relevance for separated disabled children. Summarises issues for future research.

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