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Comparing long term placements for young children in care


This book reports on the Care Pathways and Outcomes longitudinal study which, since 2000, has been tracking a group of children who were under the age of five and in care in Northern Ireland on a particular census day, and gathering comparative data on how the children and their parents/carers were coping across the different types of placement provided. This book reports on the most recent phase of the study, which involved interviews with the children and parents/carers on a range of subjects.

This kind of longitudinal study is rare in this field, and this research provides a range of important data for practitioners and policy makers about the long-term outcomes of a range of different placement types.

Who is this book for?

All practitioners, managers and policy makers who are involved with placement decisions for children and young people in the care system.

What you will find in this book

This study explores a range of similarities and differences between a range of placement types, including:

  • children’s attachment
  • self-concept
  • education
  • health and behaviour
  • their carers’ stress
  • social support
  • family communication
  • contact with birth families


Dominic McSherry is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Child Care Research, in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast. He has researched and published widely in the fields of foster care and adoption.

Montserrat Fargas Malet is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Child Care Research, Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked on a range of studies on children and young people in care.

Kerrylee Weatherall is a Principal Social Work Practitioner and Manager in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with a range of experience including working with children, young people and their families.


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