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Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare

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Almost twenty years ago, conceptual work began in the United Kingdom on what was to become the international Looking After Children initiative. Looking After Children has had a profound influence on child welfare in Canada and some fifteen other countries, including the UK, Australia, Sweden, and Hungary. It has sharpened the developmental focus and improved the quality of services for children and adolescents who, because of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or other circumstances, live in out-of-home care. With its emphasis on high expectations, positive substitute parenting, and good short-term and long-term outcomes, Looking After Children has been an important vehicle for promoting resilience in child welfare, one that will remain a beneficial influence in Canada and internationally for many years to come.
Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare
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Since the beginnings of its development in Britain in 1987, the Looking After Children (LAC) initiative has had a profound influence in Canada - as well as in Australia and across Europe - in sharpening the developmental focus and improving the quality of services for children and adolescents who, because of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or other circumstances, live in out-of-home care. With its emphasis on high expectations, positive substitute parenting, and good short-term and long-term outcomes, LAC has been an important vehicle for promoting resilience (i.e., positive outcomes in spite of serious threats to development) in child welfare, one that will remain a beneficial influence in Canada and internationally for many years to come. Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare presents reviews of research, new empirical findings, and useful practice and policy suggestions derived from the perspectives of LAC and resilience theory by an array of international voices.
Practitioners, out-of-home care providers, youths in care, in-service trainers, students, researchers, and policy makers in Canada and across the world will find much in this book that speaks to more effective ways of improving the lives of young people being looked after in out-of-home care.
Robert J. Flynn is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research on Community Services at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Peter M. Dudding is Executive Director of the Child Welfare league of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). James G. Barber, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, is now Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Provost) of RMIT University (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).
Short Title
PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN CHILD
Pages
449
Publisher
University of Ottawa Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0776635530
ISBN-13
9780776635538
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
362.73
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2005
Publication Date
2005-09-30
Imprint
University of Ottawa Press
Place of Publication
Ottawa
Country of Publication
Canada
Edited by
Robert J. Flynn, Peter M. Dudding, James G. Barber
Series
Actexpress
Author
Robert J. Flynn
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