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Title: The participation of young children in the 'looked-after' children decision-making process
Author: Winter, Karen Michelle
ISNI:       0000 0004 2702 3587
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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The focus of this research study is the participation rights of younger 'looked-after' children in the statutory decision-making process that governs their care. Through detailed case studies, using innovative participatory methods and involving interviews with children (aged 4-7 years), their parents and social workers, the study explores the participatory potential, experiences and opportunities of this group of children. The study is the first of its kind to offer detailed insight into young 'looked-after' children's perspectives, experiences, feelings, concerns and views of their home lives, admission to care, and their current care circumstances. The study highlights the detailed insights, deeply held feelings and views of these young children which remain largely unacknowledged within social work theory, policy and practice. By drawing on the work of Foucault and Bourdieu the thesis also makes an original contribution in tenns of explaining and understanding the dynamics and processes at the macro and micro level that militate against the implementation of young children's participation rights within the formal looked-after-child decision making process. The study concludes with a discussion of the implications for policy and practice in social work. It argues that principles of anti-oppressive social work practice should be more centrally incorporated into work with young looked-after children and that these practices should foreground the importance of relationships with young 'looked-after' children.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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