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Children Looked After and Their Experiences of The Care System, 2019/20, Semester 1
Nathan Loynes
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Cocker, C. & Allain, L. 2008. Social work with looked after children. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Coleman, J. 2016. Teenagers in Foster Care: A handbook for foster carers and those that support them. Oxford: Rees Centre, University of Oxford. Available from:

 Day, A. 2017. Hearing the voice of looked after children: challenging current assumptions and knowledge about pathways into offending. Safer Communities ISSN: 1757-8043. 16 (3), pp.122-133.

 DfE (Department for Education). 2014. Children in Care: Research priorities and questions. [Internet]. London: Department for Education. Available from:

 Frost, N. 2013. Children in need, looked-after children and Interprofessional working. In Littlechild, B. and Smith, R. (eds.) A Handbook for Interprofessional Practice in the Human Services. Harlow: Pearson.

 Frost, N. and Parton, N. 2009.Understanding Children’s Social Care: Politics, Policy and Practice. London: Sage. Chapter 6 Children and the care system: Reforming corporate parenting

 Hare, A. and Bullock, R. 2006. Dispelling misconceptions about looked after children. Adoption & fostering. ISSN: 0308-5759; 1740-469X. 30(4), 26-35.

 Jackson, S. & Thomas, N. 2000. What works in creating stability for looked after children? ISBN: 0902046551 (pbk) Ilford: Barnardo’s.

 Jones, R., Everson-Hock, E., Papaioannou, D., Guillaume,L., Goyder, E., Chilcott, J., Cooke, J., Payne, N., Duenas, A., Sheppard, L. and Swann, C. 2011. Factors associated with outcomes for looked-after children and young people: a correlates review of the literature. Child : care, health and development. ISSN: 0305-1862. 37(5), 613-622.

 Petrie, P., Boddy, J., Cameron, C., Heptinstall, E., McQuail, S., Simon, A. and Wigfall, V. 2009. Pedagogy – a holistic, personal approach to work with children and young people, across services. London: Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education. Available online

 Sinclair, I. 2010. Looked After Children: Can existing services ever succeed? A different view. Adoption & fostering. ISSN: 0308-5759; 1740-469X. 34(2), 8-13.

 Staines, J. 2017. Looked after children and youth justice: a response to recent reviews. Safer Communities ISSN: 1757-8043. 16 (3), pp.102-111.

 Stein, M. 2009. Quality matters in children's services : messages from research ISBN: 9781843109266 (pbk.) : £19.99; 1843109263 (pbk.) : £19.99. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

 Thomas, N. 2005. Social work with young people in care : looking after children in theory and practice ISBN: 1403920508 (pbk) : £16.99; 9781403920508. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 Walker, G. 2018. Working together for children : a critical introduction to multi-agency working ISBN: 9781350001152 (pbk.) : £22.99; 9781350001169 (hbk.) : £70.00. 2nd Edition. London: Bloomsbury. Chapter 10: Looked-After Children.

 Weyts, A. 2005. Meeting the needs of children in substitute care : a European comparative study of welfare services and education ISBN: 9038206666 (pbk.). Gent, Belgium: Academia Press.


Berridge, D. 2012. Educating Young People in Care: What have we learned? Children and youth services review. ISSN: 0190-7409. 34(6), 1171-1175.

Denecheau, B. 2011. Children in residential care and school engagement or school ‘dropout’: what makes the difference in terms of policies and practices in England and France? Emotional and behavioural difficulties. 16(3), 277-287.

DfE (Department for Education). 2014. Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children. London: Crown Copyright.

Fletcher-Campbell, F., Archer, T. and Tomlinson, K. 2003. The role of the school in supporting the education of children in public care ISBN: 1844781429. Nottingham: National Foundation for Educational Research and Department for Education and Skills.

Harker, R., Dobel-Ober, D., Lawrence, J., Berridge, D. and Sinclair, R. 2003. Who Takes Care of Education? Looked after children’s perceptions of support for educational progress. Child & family social work. ISSN: 1356-7500.  8, 89-100.

 Hayden, C. 2005. More than a piece of paper?: Personal education plans and ‘looked after’ children in England. Child & family social work. ISSN: 1356-7500. 10, 343-352.

Jackson, S. 2007. Progress at last? Adoption & fostering. ISSN: 0308-5759; 1740-469X. 31(1), 3-5.

Johansson, H. and Höjer, I. 2012. Education for disadvantaged groups – structural and individual challenges. Children and youth services review. 34, 1135-1142.

Martin, P. and Jackson, S. 2002. Educational success for children in public care: advice from a group of high achievers. Child & family social work. 7, 121–130.

Mathers, S., Hardy, G., Clancy, C., Dixon, J. & Harding, C. 2016. Starting Out Right: early education and looked after children. London: University of Oxford/Family and Childcare Trust  Available online

McClung, M. and Gayle, V. 2010. Exploring the care effects of multiple factors on the educational achievement of children looked after at home and away from home: an investigation of two Scottish local authorities. Child & family social work. 15, 409–431.

McClung, M. and Gayle, V. 2013. Social capital as a mechanism for exploring the low educational achievements of looked after children. Journal of children's services. 8(1), 52-64.

Peake, A. 2011. The needs of looked after children: A rapid response when school placement may be in jeopardy. Educational and Child Psychology. 28(3), 73-80. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 05/12/2018) 

Pecora, P., Williams, J., Kessler, R., Hiripi, E., O’Brien, K., Emerson, J., Herrick, M. and Torres, D. 2006. Assessing the educational achievements of adults who were formerly placed in family foster care. Child & family social work. ISSN: 1356-7500. 11, 220-231.

Phillips, R. 2007. The need for information on how the attachment difficulties of adopted and looked after children affect their schooling. Adoption & fostering. ISSN: 0308-5759; 1740-469X31(3), 28-38.

Rao, V. and Simkiss, D. 2007. Bullying in schools: A survey of the experience oflooked after children. Adoption & fostering. ISSN: 0308-5759; 1740-469X. 31(3), 49-57.

Rivers, S. 2018. Supporting the education of looked after children: The role of the virtual school head. Adoption & fostering. ISSN: 0308-5759; 1740-469X. 42 (2), pp.151-161.

Scherr, T. 2007. Educational Experiences of Children in Foster Care: Meta-Analyses of Special Education, Retention and Discipline Rates. School Psychology International ISSN: 0143-0343. 28(4), 419-436.

Sebba, J. et al. 2015. The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England: Linking Care and Educational Data. Oxford: Rees Centre / University of Bristol. Available here:

UK Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group and University and College Union. 2012. Education matters in care: a report by the independent cross-party inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children in England. [APPG inquiry]. London: UK Parliament. Available online

Walker, G. 2008. ‘Mind the Gap: A multi-agency approach to raising the educational attainment of looked after children’. In Jones, P., Moss, D., Tomlinson, P. and Welch. S. (eds.) Childhood: Services and Provision for Children. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Walker, G. 2017. ‘Children aren’t standardized, they are unique’: Using Bourdieu to expose the complexity behind educational outcomes of Looked-After Children. International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education. 6 (1), pp.980-988. Available online

Welbourne, P. and Leeson, C. 2012. The education of children in care: A research review. Journal of children's services. ISSN: 1746-6660. 7(2), 128-143.


DfE (Department for Education and DoH (Department of Health). 2015. Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children. London: Crown Copyright. Available online

Harkess-Murphy, E., MacDonald, J. and Ramsay, J. 2013. Self-harm and psychosocial characteristics of looked after and looked after and accommodated young people. Psychology, health & medicine. ISSN: 1354-8506. 18(3), 289-299.

Luke, N., Sinclair, I., Woolgar, M. & Sebba, J. 2014. What works in preventing and treating poor mental health in looked after children? Oxford: Rees Centre /NSPCC. Available from: 

Scott, J. 2011. The impact of disrupted attachment on the emotional and interpersonal development of looked after children. Educational and Child Psychology. 28(3), 31-43. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 05/12/2018) 

Simkiss, D. & Jainer, R. 2018. The English system for ensuring health care and health monitoring of looked after children. International journal of social welfare. ISSN: 1369-6866. 03/2018.

 There are other articles too on health, mental health available via the library

 Leaving care

DfE (Department for Education), DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) and HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). 2013. Staying put: arrangements for care leavers aged 18 years and above. London: Crown Copyright.

Jackson, S. and Cameron, C. 2012. Leaving care: Looking ahead and aiming higher. Children and youth services review. ISSN: 0190-7409. 34, 1107–1114.

Stein, M. 2005. Resilience and young people leaving care: Overcoming the odds. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Available online

Stein, M. 2012. Young people leaving care : supporting pathways to adulthood ISBN: 9781849052443 (alk. paper); 1849052441 (alk. paper). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.

There are other articles too on leaving care available via the library

This list was last updated on 23/11/2018