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Managing unregulated contact in the age of new technology: Possible solutions

Simpson, Jenny (2013). Managing unregulated contact in the age of new technology: Possible solutions. Adoption and Fostering, 37(4) pp. 380–388.

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Abstract

Unregulated contact between young people in care and their birth parents or extended family is often regarded as a risk-­‐laden area of social work. This article discusses the concept of contact and reviews some current perceptions of mobile technologies and social media. It considers why unregulated contact is pursued by young people in care and highlights the significance of theoretical ideas on adolescent brain development and insecure attachment. The article argues for the adoption of a different mindset by social work practitioners in terms of understanding mobile technologies and social media, and of how the risks associated with it should be assessed. A set of solutions is posited to help practitioners deal with this ever challenging phenomenon.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 1740-469X
Keywords: contact; young people; adolescent development; attachment; social media
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 37988
Depositing User: Jenny Simpson
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 09:18
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 11:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37988
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