Children's participation in LAC reviews: a study in one English local authority

Pert, Hayley and Diaz, Clive and Thomas, Nigel (2017) Children's participation in LAC reviews: a study in one English local authority. Child and Family Social Work, 22 (S2). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

Although the law in England and Wales requires a child’s wishes and feelings to be heard in LAC (Looked After Children) reviews, there remains limited research into how far this is achieved. This study interviewed 25 children and 16 foster carers to explore how well children understand and take part in reviews, and what factors impede this. The study found that levels of participation, as experienced by children and foster carers, were very low and the methods used were relatively ineffective. Children experienced significant barriers in engaging with the review process. The paper concludes that, as a vehicle of children’s participation, LAC reviews are still not working well and calls for more attention to the views of children and young people and to the effectiveness of LAC reviews.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Pert, Hayley and Diaz, Clive and Thomas, Nigel (2017) Children's participation in LAC reviews: a study in one English local authority. Child & Family Social Work. 22 (S2) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1356-7500 which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12194. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advocacy for children, child care policy and practice, children’s participation, independent reviewing officers, looked-after children
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Social Work
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 11:44
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 16:01
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1890

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