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Understanding Looked After Children


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Foreword. Acknowledgements. How To Read This Book. 1. Introduction. 2. Context. 3. Children in Need. 4. Relationships. 5. Visibility and Invisibility. 6. Psychological Issues for Looked After Children: Mental Health. 7. Psychological Issues for Looked After Children: Special Needs. 8. A Protective Shield: The Multi-agency System of Care. 9. Assessment through Intervention. 10. Moving On. 11. Thinking Ahead. 12. Conclusion. Glossary. Appendix A. Appendix B. Useful Resources. Subject index. Author index.

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A guide to understanding the mental health needs of children in foster care and the role of foster carers and support networks in helping these children

About the Author

Jeune Guishard-Pine is a lead clinician and consultant psychologist at Luton Family Consultation Clinic. She is also a consultant psychologist in private practice. She has been researching and practising psychology since 1978 and has worked in social services for both statutory and voluntary sectors. Suzanne McCall is a counsellor at the Luton Family Consultation Clinic working with adolescents, parents and foster carers and also works from her own private practice. She is also a qualified social worker with ten years of experience working with looked after children and children in need and at risk. Lloyd Hamilton is a systemic psychotherapist and Team Manager of the Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service looked after children team; part of the South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust. Lloyd is also a teacher and began working with diverse communities of young people in London schools in 1992.


Fostering is bout more than providing warmth, shelter, security and a family for looked after children. Rightly, this book acknowledges that looking after the most vulnerable children in our society requires everyone involved in their lives, to understand the mental health issues that they may have. It also acknowledges the potential impact of these issues on the foster carer who is looking after them... I would certainly recommend this book for those involved in fostering. I wish I had access to it 10 years ago when my fostering career began. -- Foster Care Magazine
The authors have the authority of experience, and they neither give an over-glowing picture of foster, nor condescend. Their book will be suitable for adoptive parents and by professionals, whether trainee or experienced. -- The Psychologist
I am delighted that the foster care worforce, too often rather patronised by other childcare professionals, is being offered a text of this sophistication . The book consists of 10 chapters, with handy checklists, questionnaires and often subtly-chosen case studies... The book highlights the strengths carers need to stay attuned to the the child's feelings of powerlessness and disappointment. -- Children & Young People Now
I could not think of any area of importance for foster carers not covered in this book. It is realistic in outlining the challenges, but avoids making fostering too daunting or expectations of carers unrealistic -- Seen and Heard

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