A scoping review to establish the relationship of community to the lives of looked after children and young people

Hicks, Leslie and Simpson, Diane and Mathews, Ian and Crawford, Karin and Koorts, Harriet and Cooper, Kevin (2012) A scoping review to establish the relationship of community to the lives of looked after children and young people. Project Report. AHRC.

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Abstract

Friendship networks and relationships with communities are important parts of the lives of looked after children and young people (LACYP). Much of legislation, policy, practice and research focuses on „the care experience‟ itself, as distinct from young people‟s everyday lives and their connectivity with wider environments. Considerable lack of understanding remains about what being „in care‟ means. This often results in prejudice and stigma. Groups set up specifically for LACYP offer opportunities to develop networks and relationships with adults and young people, and to raise awarenesses. Transitions may happen early and be experienced frequently by LACYP, however, they can offer new opportunities and positive relationships with different people. Meaningful participation in communities such as schools is an important factor in developing stability in relationships. Concepts of participation and empowerment form part of an ecological framework which locates the community context as central to building resilience for LACYP. What constitutes community cohesion and connectedness for LACYP requires a fine balance between the interests of protection and participation. Successful interconnectedness is a matter of shared concern for all. The key challenge remains that of identifying how stable community relationships for LACYP may be strengthened and supported to dynamic mutual benefit.

These documents are outputs from the same project: 1) an end of project discussion paper; 2) an extended version of the discussion paper; and 3) four short guides for practice and policy

Item Type:Paper or Report (Project Report)
Keywords:Community, looked after children
Subjects:L Social studies > L590 Social Work not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L540 Community Work
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:6066
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:21 Aug 2012 17:46
Last Modified:13 Oct 2014 10:12

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