The above excerpt from the author’s research interview with a children’s advocate shows his appreciation of these young people and of what they have to overcome, but children who are looked after in the public care are some of the most disadvantaged in our society. This chapter starts with a brief outline of law and policy in this field, looking at how this may guide child-centred practice. It includes an examination of developments over time, for example the increased use of foster care, the pressure for adoption and special guardianship, and asks whether this is driven by child-centred concerns. It then considers the various disadvantages of young people in the care system and how young people’s experience may be ameliorated by child-centred practice.
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