The end of non-consensual adoption? Promoting the wellbeing of children in care

Ward, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5531-7131 and Smeeton, J., 2017. The end of non-consensual adoption? Promoting the wellbeing of children in care. Practice: Social Work in Action, 29 (1), pp. 55-73. ISSN 0950-3153

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In the UK the number of children in care has been increasing for several years; such children have backgrounds characterised by trauma, abuse and neglect. The UK is almost unique in Europe in promoting adoption for children in care. Since 2010 adoption has been promoted as a favoured means of enhancing the wellbeing of such children unable to return to their parents or birth family members, and the number of children being adopted has increased 50% in the last 2 years. Research carried out in the US and the UK has demonstrated developmental catch up and significant improvements in adopted children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. However, adoption is highly contested and has come under challenge in the UK courts. This paper will link research by the two authors into this policy conflict: whether we are facing the end of adoption in the UK, and the implications for practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Practice: Social Work in Action
Creators: Ward, J. and Smeeton, J.
Publisher: Routledge on behalf of the British Association of Social Workers
Date: 2017
Volume: 29
Number: 1
ISSN: 0950-3153
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 04 May 2016 13:34
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:30

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