Helen Happer, Joanna McCreadie and Jane Aldgate
ISBN 1 905501 09 9
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2 The participants
3 Having people who care about you
4 Experiencing stability
5 Being given high expectations
6 Receiving encouragement and support
7 Being able to participate and achieve
8 What participants want to change
Appendix 1 - Methodology
Appendix 2 - Bibliography
This study was undertaken by the Social Work Inspection Agency, previously the Social Work Services Inspectorate. It is published as one of several supporting documents for a wider review of services and outcomes for looked after children, the main report of which is entitled Extraordinary Lives.
The aim of the study was to understand from people who have experienced being looked after, what helped them become and feel successful. We wanted to listen to those who had gone on to experience success in their lives, and to find out what they felt made a difference.
The key messages of this study are that being looked after can provide an opportunity for positive change in a child's life, but that the attitudes and actions of adults who provide direct care for looked after children, or who support their care in other ways, are critical. Meaningful relationships with skilled, caring and committed adults, and the opportunity to experience stability and consistency emerged from the study as particularly important.