Celebrating success: what helps looked after children succeed

Happer, Helen; McCreadie, Joanna and Aldgate, Jane (2006). Celebrating success: what helps looked after children succeed. Edinburgh, UK: Social Work Inspection Agency.


The aim of this study was to understand from people who have experienced being looked after, what helped them become and feel successful. We wanted to listen to those who had gone on to experience success in their lives, and to find out what they felt made a difference.
The key messages of this study are that being looked after can provide an opportunity for positive change in a child's life, but that the attitudes and actions of adults who provide direct care for looked after children, or who support their care in other ways, are critical.
Meaningful relationships with skilled, caring and committed adults, and the opportunity to experience stability and consistency emerged from the study as particularly important.

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