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Title: An intensive assessment of a small sample of siblings placed together in foster care
Author: Hindle, Debbie
ISNI:       0000 0001 3578 8262
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2000
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This case-based study centred on ways of examining the nature and significance of sibling relationships for children unable to live with their families of origin, and where decisions about permanency of placement were being considered. The multifaceted nature of the problem being studied necessitatedth e use of data from different sources, in the context of an overall psychoanalytic approach. Detailed information about the children's histories, their present circumstances and the dynamics of the professional network provided an understanding of the complex personal, legal and child care context surrounding each case. Psychotherapeutica ssessmentps rovided more detailed information about the emotional needs of each child and a perspective on their relationship with each other. The analysis of the data allowed for in-depth assessmentso f the children seen and formed the basis for recommendationst o Social Services. The assessmenrte ports also facilitated the identification of themes, which highlighted the impact of cumulative experiences of trauma, separation and loss shared by all the children in different ways. The difficulties in identifying and acknowledging the children's distress and emotional needs was linked to anxieties within the professional network. The importance of disentangling those anxieties, accessing the children's perspectives and considering the children's shared experiences and meaning for each other was emphasized and the implications for training, practice and policy were discussed. This study proposesa n assessmenmt odel for considering the sibling dimension to facilitate more informed decision-making in child care cases.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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