Achieving stability for children who are looked after or adopted
Author: June Thoburn, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia BIOG
Last Updated: 21 June 2011
Publication Date: 14 October 2008
Introduction: A high quality service at the matching stage of practice is essential to achieve stability
When the term “stability” is used in this manual it means: ensuring that the growing child has a "secure base" (Bowlby, 1979; Fahlberg (1988); Schofield (2002)) from which to explore the world and, as a young adult feels confident in being “part of the family” (and preferably more than one through the maintenance of meaningful links with the birth family and previous carers).
Achieving stability is a major goal of government policy and professional practice for children who need out-of-home care, whether for a temporary period or until they become young adults.
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