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Empowering residential carers of looked after young people: the impact of the 'Emotional Warmth' model of professional child care

Das, RK; Cameron, R; (2019) Empowering residential carers of looked after young people: the impact of the 'Emotional Warmth' model of professional child care. British Journal of Social Work , Article bcy125. 10.1093/bjsw/bcy125. (In press).

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Abstract

Summary: Children and young people in public care have long been recognised as a particularly vulnerable group in our society. Many have complex personal, interpersonal and educational needs as a result of pre-care maltreatment. Despite a number of initiatives to change the often-negative outcomes for these children, results have remained stubbornly disappointing. The model of professional childcare, rooted in psychological research and theory, was designed to enable and empower foster and adoptive parents and residential carers to acquire a deeper understanding of their children's needs and to provide these young people with the informed support required to help them to lead more fulfilling lives. In this study, we examined the impact of the model in a three-year project involving fifty-three children and young people and their carers in local authority children's homes on two UK sites (northern and southern England). Significant improvements in both behavioural and affective measures were observed following implementation of the model with these young people (Z(N=53) = 3.978, p < .001). These results demonstrate that this model of professional childcare can achieve positive outcomes for previously maltreated young people in children's homes. Methodological constraints on implementation of the model are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Empowering residential carers of looked after young people: the impact of the 'Emotional Warmth' model of professional child care
Location: United Kingdom
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy125
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy125
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Children in public care, group consultation, psychology-based interventions, residential care practice
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068334
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