The relative educational, employment and lifecourse disadvantages of individuals who have experienced the care system remains an issue of widespread international concern. The chapters in this edited collection will be useful for readers across geographical contexts, who are concerned with improving the lives of children and young people.
World ex GB, US, CA
The collection is primarily aimed at undergraduate and post-graduate students in the fields of education, social work, social policy, social care and sociology, as well as practitioners and policy makers with an interest in care-experienced children and young people.
‘This book presents an authoritative and fascinating account of looked-after children’s views and experiences, and of the effectiveness of the system designed to support them. I am heartened by the values that link much of this book, which recognise children and young people’s rights to an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential, however difficult their early start has been, and to act as active participants, often partners, in the research process. The empirical evidence presented here is rooted in Wales, and it will therefore be essential reading for practitioners and policy makers in Wales, but the evidence, analysis and methodological insights will have resonance internationally.’
Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales
‘This excellent compendium of research, theory and interventions into the lived experience of children and young people placed in the care system in Wales addresses critical issues that are by no means confined to one country but extend globally. The range, richness and utility of research-driven insights into the impacts and outcomes of care defines this uniquely valuable text. If you want to be part of improving the lives and life chances of children in care then, quite simply, this book is essential reading.’
- Emeritus Professor Andrew Pithouse, Cardiff School of Social Sciences
‘This edited volume draws together a significant body of research in Wales concerning care experienced children and young people. Using innovative methodologies, and with a welcome focus on strengths as well as needs, this book is an important read for anyone who cares about improving the lives of children and young people in care.’
- Emerita Professor June Statham, UCL Institute of Education
'This timely and relevant book takes an in depth look at the many issues facing care experience young people. Its authors are mindful not to lump these young people into one group and to ensure the “voice and lived“ experience of the young people shape the narrative. What emerges is a rigorous and comprehensive account that should be read by anybody who is working with care experience young people. Whilst the focus is Wales and the importance of context is highlighted the issues raised will resonate with practitioners and policy makers across the UK.' - Kieran Breen
Dawn Mannay is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Alyson Rees is Assistant Director of CASCADE and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Louise Roberts is a Research Associate and Lecture in Social Work at the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE), Cardiff University.