Ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances

Aldgate, Jane (2006). Ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances. In: Iwaniec, Dorota ed. The Child's journey through care: placement stability, care planning, and achieving permanency. Chichester, England: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 17–39.

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The chapter analyses issues of child development which are relevant to children in the care system looked after by local authorities. It details new optimistic approaches to children's development, including models which strengths, resilience and wellness. The chapter addresses issues of development of special relevance to looked after children, including attachment, loss, socio-genealogical connectedness and permanency planning, emphasising recent developments in thinking about these issues. It then suggests what can be done in practice to promote optimal development of looked after children.

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