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A child's journey through placement



Separation, loss, grief and change are expected parts of the experience of children in placement. How do those charged with the responsibility of planning for these children address their needs?

Clear, informative and full of practical ideas and case examples, A child's journey through placement has been widely regarded as a 'classic' read for more than 20 years.

This essential reference book - as relevant and insightful today as it was when it was first published - contains the theoretical knowledge base and skills necessary for understanding, working with and planning for children and their families. The author, Dr Vera Fahlberg, builds on her considerable experience and practice wisdom and presents informative and comprehensive sections on attachment, separation, child development and helping children move.

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Who is this book for?

This is a recommended text and a must-read for social work students and practitioners working with children and families.

What you will find in this book

The book contains chapters on:

  • Attachment and bonding
  • Child development
  • Separation and loss
  • Minimising the trauma of moves
  • Case planning
  • Behaviour problems
  • Direct work with children

What people are saying about this book

This book is a “must” for all childcare practitioners and guardians ad litem. It provides the knowledge base needed for working with children and families and should be compulsory reading on training courses.’
Margaret Adcock, Social work consultant


Vera I Fahlberg MD is a paediatrician and psychotherapist who has worked with children with challenging behaviours and with their families since 1964. Her work has mainly focused on attachment and separation problems, with special emphasis on children in the care system.


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Great book to provide practitioners and students with insight into both attachment and development processes...couldn't ask for more.

Patrick Gavin, five stars, Amazon.co.uk

An essential guide for anyone in social work...well thought out and easy to read.

Oliver Harding-Edgar, five stars, Amazon.co.uk

I recommend this to all students and newly qualified social workers.

Tanya, five stars, Amazon.co.uk

A great book. Very informative and readable with a lot of common sense written – and certainly not just for social workers. Teachers and other professionals as well as parents would find this a really useful read. Worth every penny!

Myichy, five stars, Amazon.co.uk