By Caroline Lindsey, Jenny Kendricks, Lorraine Tollemache
Written for a certified readership, developing New households could be of curiosity to these without delay concerned with the fields of fostering and adoption. It represents most sensible perform from the multidisciplinary Fostering and Adoption staff on the Tavistock health facility young children and households division. Contents comprise: Theoretical concerns; therapy which makes a speciality of the kid; remedy which makes a speciality of mom and dad and households; session; paintings in several settings; final observe from a guardian.
Contributors: Professor Lionel Hersov, Rita Harris, Sally Hodges, Sara Barratt, Miriam Steele, Hamish Canham, Laverne Antrobus, Juliet Hopkins, Margaret Rustin, Julia Granville, Louise Emanuel, Graham Music.
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The life story of children in the care system usually contains a script of loss and rejection, of hurt, neglect, and abuse which often deﬁnes the way they perceive themselves and how they expect to be treated in the future. These experiences may lead them to see themselves as unlovable and blameworthy and to develop ways of behaving which address their need to be self-reliant and controlling of their environment. It may show in parentiﬁed behaviour, reﬂecting a story that they tell themselves, based on earlier experiences, that they need to take care of the parent, for whom they feel responsible.
There are also the many potential beneﬁts of the new Adoption and Children Act 2002, including adoption support, placement orders, and special guardianship, which will all contribute to providing the resources and status that carers need in order to offer a child a sense that they have the capacity to parent them. However, the current social care system delivers social work in a way that may be considered to be antipathetic to the creation of permanence. Over recent years, area ofﬁces have been split up into a series of teams: referral/duty/assessment; children in need; long-term, looked- 8 INTRODUCTION after children, and leaving care teams.
In our work with children and families it is crucial that professionals are able to hold a containing function so that more benign experiences of relating and feeling understood can develop. It can involve a lengthy period of surviving projected feelings, of frustration and doubt, until the child or family is able to apply their own mind to understanding and modifying, rather than evading anxieties. With looked-after and adopted children we are aware of the defences they employ, often to survive in the face of both overwhelming impingements on their development and the anxieties that may result.