Thesis Working Title
Attachment and separation in foster placements
I am worried by pathologising representations of older Looked After Children in the literature on foster care, in the community of care practitioners and in society, generally. While acknowledging that the results of outcome research provide solid grounds for pessimism I am examining the perceptions the children and young people themselves have of the care they get. Their insights and sense of what matters to them needs amplification because I think these show how the practices of care sometimes contribute to those poor outcomes.
Would like to meet
Fostering and adoption or any aspects of childhood, particularly if the approach is qualitative.
Other Interests and Hobbies
I change all the time. Currently I'm particularly enthusiastic about single malts, working my through the distilleries of Islay aftera stretch of preoccupation with Speyside. Darwinism and evangelical religion can get me going and I subscribe to a number of blogs on Middle East affairs. I do some teaching at secondary school level and that's good fun. I like working with wood and stone and while there's not much stone where I live at present I am enjoying learning how to cut and season wood for burning. I love North Cumbria, where I've been based for the last 25 years and have lots of ideas for writing about it when I finish my thesis.
Associated research centres: Child Welfare Research Unit CWRU
Keywords: Child abuse and neglect, Child care, Child maltreatment, Children, children in care, Children's centres, Children's values and attitudes, Conversation analysis, Critical discourse analysis, Critical Realism, Cumbria, Emotions, Emotions and affect, Ethnomethodology, Foster care, Philosophy of social research, Philosophy of social science, Pierre Bourdieu, Qualitative research methods, Social class, Social policy, Social theory, Social work, Society, Socio-economic position, Sociology, Young adult, Youth, Youth subculture
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