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'Just another person in the room': young people's views on their participation in Child in Care Reviews

Diaz, Clive, Pert, Hayley and Thomas, Nigel 2018. 'Just another person in the room': young people's views on their participation in Child in Care Reviews. Adoption and Fostering 42 (4) , pp. 369-382. 10.1177/0308575918801663

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Abstract

This article discusses a key meeting for children in care – the Child in Care Review – and examines the extent to which children and young people are able to participate and exert a level of control over their lives. The research, conducted in England, formed part of a wider exploration of the views and experiences of all those involved in such reviews, namely Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs), social workers, senior managers and – the focus of this article – the young people concerned. Most of the children interviewed said that they found their reviews frustrating and stressful, often attributing this to poor relationships with social workers and scepticism about the value of the review process. However, they recognised the workload pressures facing social workers and the bureaucratic constraints affecting the service they received. The article argues for the continuing importance of the IRO role, given the consistency it provides for children in care. It also shows that while it provides an opportunity for children’s participation in discussions about their future, the Child in Care Review is underperforming. The developing practice of children chairing their own reviews offers one way forward and the article calls for this to be developed and for other creative methods to be introduced to enable young people to play a meaningful part in meetings that affect them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0308-5759
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 1 November 2018
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 11:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125537

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