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Parent and child fostering

| Paul Adams and Elaine Dibben

NEW EDITION. Parent and child arrangements with foster carers are a well-established phenomenon in England and Wales. In the majority of cases, this means adults with their children living with foster carers, usually in the context of care proceedings. This Good Practice Guide addresses the challenges faced by agencies and foster carers by this specialist area of work. It offers valuable advice, information and a host of practical suggestions on how to deliver a high quality service.

Complying with the GDPR and DPA 2018

| Paul Adams and Leonie Jordan

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 require services, including fostering services, to ensure that they hold and process personal information safely and securely. This Good Practice Guide will give local authorities and independent fostering services in England confidence about how best to comply with the requirements around data protection.

Supporting the mental health of looked after and adopted children

| Karen Aldred and Helen Rodwell

FEATURED IN THE JULY DEAL OF THE MONTH. This Good Practice Guide for social workers translates the theoretical concepts and research about children’s mental health into straightforward language and practical advice. Taking a holistic and attachment-focused approach, it demonstrates how to understand children’s background and current events, rather than focusing on diagnostic criteria and labels.

Dealing with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

| Mary Mather

This authoritative Good Practice Guide is an essential read for all those working with or looking after fostered and adopted children who may be affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to help ensure that they provide the support these children need to reach their full potential.

Group work with adopted children and young people

| Henrietta Bond

This Good Practice Guide considers the practicalities of setting up a group, how best to structure the group and its activities, how to deal with any difficulties, and how to sustain a group long term. Case examples are provided from a range of local authority and voluntary adoption agency groups which are undertaking a variety of important work.

Adoption by foster carers

| Elaine Dibben and Viv Howorth

Adoption by foster carers is an area of practice that has attracted controversy and divergent views prevail. This Good Practice Guide explores some of the issues behind the contradictory views. It challenges practitioners to reflect on the established “practice wisdom” and adopt a more open-minded and child-centred approach.

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.

Recruiting, assessing and supporting lesbian and gay adopters

| Anisa de Jong and Sharon Donnelly

This Good Practice Guide provides practical guidance, information, advice and signposts to further resources to help agencies and practitioners to welcome lesbian and gay applicants, and work effectively to assess and support them.