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30 years of childcare practice and research: an overview

| Multiple

Eighteen leading figures in the field of adoption and fostering contribute to this special edition of BAAF’s acclaimed journal. They reflect on what has been achieved in family placement in the last three decades and also consider some of the many challenges that remain. Themes discussed include: contact; the evolution of developmental psychology; the importance of recognising children’s family and social relationships through to adulthood; assessment; and listening to children.

A child’s journey through placement

| Vera I Fahlberg, MD

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? This essential reference book - a 'must-read' text for more than 20 years - contains the theoretical knowledge base and skills necessary for understanding, working with and planning for children and their families.

A guide to writing panel minutes

| John Pratt

This pamphlet helps panel minute-takers to meet statutory requirements and produce accurate and high quality minutes.

A marginalised resource? PDF ONLY

| Bridget Betts

Single carers are a valuable resource for waiting looked after children, but more could be done to increase the numbers coming forward, to improve the way in which they are assessed, and ensure that they get the support they need. This practice guide reviews the research, relevant legislation, and policy and practice issues surrounding the recruitment, assessment and support of single carers, and provides authoritative practice advice for those involved.

A safe place for Rufus

| Jill Seeney

Rufus the cat loved curling up in his favourite place and dreaming of pilchards. But it hadn’t always been like this… When Rufus was a kitten, he lived with a different family who weren’t always kind. Would he ever find a safe place where he could be cosy and calm and dream his dreams?

Access to information for adult care leavers

| Julia Feast and Leonie Jordan

This Good Practice Guide aims to set out a protocol for dealing with Subject Access Requests (SARs) in order to improve services for adult care leavers and establish greater consistency and quality practice across organisations.

Achieving successful returns from care PDF ONLY

| Elaine Farmer, Wendy Sturgess, Teresa O’Neill and Dinithi Wijedasa

Reunification has been little studied in the UK but given its place in care planning for looked after children, it certainly deserves greater attention. This study, looking at 180 children, follows the patterns and outcomes of return home; which factors are associated with successful and unsuccessful returns; and the families' views on returns. The results of the study provide important conclusions for policy and practice.

Adopted children speaking PDF ONLY

| Caroline Thomas and Verna Beckford

If you really want to learn about children's wishes and feelings about adoption and their experience of it, this book is for you. Bringing together views collected as part of a wider research project, this book gives voice to the perspective of children themselves on their adoption. Full of moving and poignant testimonies, it provides revealing insights into what children and young people themselves think and understand about adoption.

Adopters on adoption PDF ONLY

| David Howe

How does it feel to care for someone else's child? How do adopters feel about birth parents? What is the balance of influence between children's inherited characteristics and the way they are raised? This absorbing collection of personal stories gives voice to adopters' experiences, thoughts and observations about adoption.

Adopting a brother or sister

| Hedi Argent

This short, colourful booklet is part of CoramBAAF’s series of publications for children and young people, which aim to explain concepts in adoption and fostering that they may find difficult to understand.