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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.

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.

Alternatives to custody

| The Alternatives to Custody Project – Europe

This book is one of the main outcomes of a two-year pan-European project on developing intensive and remand fostering programmes for young people in conflict with the law, who might otherwise be in custody.

Attachment for foster care and adoption

| Mary Beek and Gillian Schofield

This training programme will provide workers and carers with a framework both for understanding the thinking and behaviour of the children in their care and for helping children to settle and flourish in their family placements. It accompanies the handbook and DVD of the same name.

Attachment for foster care and adoption DVD

| Mary Beek and Gillian Schofield

This DVD accompanies the handbook and training programme of the same name, and supports each module in the training programme. The programme will provide workers and carers with a framework both for understanding the thinking and behaviour of the children in their care and for helping children to settle and flourish in their family placements.  

Attachment, trauma and resilience

| Kate Cairns and Brian Cairns

Over a 25-year period Kate and Brian Cairns, who are social workers and trainers by profession, fostered 12 children, along with their three birth children. In this practical and moving book, they draw on their rich personal and professional experience to offer an insight into the realities of family life with children who have experienced attachment difficulties, loss, abuse and trauma.

Being a foster family: what it means and how it feels

| 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.