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Safeguarding Children living with Foster Carers, Adopters and Special Guardians: Learning from case reviews 2007–2019

| Hedy Cleaver and Wendy Rose

This good practice guide is based on a UK-wide study of 52 case reviews concerning 98 children who had died or experienced serious harm while living with foster carers, adopters or special guardians. The study spans a 12-year period and is the first to focus exclusively on reviews of cases of children in alternative family care. Consequently, it shines a spotlight on those issues that are particular to these children – the selection and assessment of their carers; the support both children and carers receive; and the supervision and management of such arrangements.

Safeguarding Children living with Foster Carers, Adopters and Special Guardians: A guide to reflective practice

| Hedy Cleaver and Wendy Rose

This companion guide draws upon information in the associated Good Practice Guide, 'Safeguarding Children living with Foster Carers, Adopters and Special Guardians: Learning from case reviews 2007–2019' which details the results of a UK-wide study of 52 case reviews concerning 98 children who had died or experienced serious harm while living with foster carers, adopters or special guardians.

Writing a later life letter

| Fran Moffat

A later life letter is one written by a social worker to a child who is being adopted, to help the child make sense of their past, but it is intended to be read later in the child’s life - a difficult and delicate task even for experienced workers. This Good Practice Guide focuses on the practicalities of writing a later life letter.

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

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.

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.