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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.

Comparing long term placements for young children in care

| Dominic McSherry, Montserrat Fargas Malet and Kerrylee Weatherall

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. The book reports on the most recent phase of the study, which involved interviews with the children and parents/carers on a range of subjects.

Concurrent planning

| Sarah Borthwick and Sharon Donnelly

This Good Practice Guide considers aspects of concurrent planning which will be vital knowledge for practitioners and managers considering adding to their placement options for children in care, or expanding an existing service.

Devising a placement plan

| Elaine Dibben

This guide has been written to help social workers understand the process for completing the Placement Plan and how it links to the Care Plan, and the health and education plans required by the Care Planning, Placements and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010.

Facilitating adoptions from care

| Susan Livingston Smith and Donaldson Adoption Institute staff

This fascinating collection examines child welfare research, permanency and practice across England, the US and Canada, three countries which have established permanency as a priority for children in care who are unable to return home.

John Triseliotis

| Edited by Malcolm Hill

John Triseliotis, who died in 2012, was for more than 40 years a world-renowned expert on children raised by people other than their parents. He carried out seminal research that helped lift the veil of secrecy and stigma hitherto associated with adoption. The articles and chapters in this collection are a tribute to John Triseliotis’s pioneering work.

Matching a child in an early permanence placement: the importance of identity

| John Simmonds

The matching of a child’s ethnicity, culture, religion and language with those of their prospective adopters has been a longstanding and challenging set of policy and practice questions. This discussion paper addresses this challenge by focusing on 16 key messages, inviting the reader to reflect on the importance of the development of a child’s identity over time and then into adulthood. 

Organising an Adoption Activity Day

| Eileen Fursland with Bridget Betts

This Good Practice Guide outlines how to set up and run an Adoption Activity Day, based on the learning from a BAAF pilot project and a number of events that have taken place.

Picnic in the park

| Joe Griffiths and Tony Pilgrim

This charming picture book, designed for use with young children, introduces children to a range of different family structures, including two- and one-parent families, adoptive and foster families, gay and lesbian families, and step-families. It also shows a diverse range of adults and children.