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Fostering and adoption research

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into fostering and adoption.

These research resources can help practitioners, managers and service planners gain a deeper understanding of the issue and what works to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Find our fostering and adoption research, policy documents, resources and publications below or search the full Barnardo's publications database.

Published date Publication Price
2014

Someone to Care Experiences of leaving care

by by Barnardo's

Type: Policy and research documents

"Someone to Care" is based on face to face research with 62 care leavers and contrasts their emotional circumstances with the expectations we have for our own children.
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Free
2013

What Works in Achieving Adoption for Looked After Children: An Overview of Evidence for the Coram/Barnardo's Partnership

by Di McNeish & Sara Scott, DMSS Research

Type: Policy and research documents

This review was commissioned by Barnardo's and Coram to support our partnership initiative which provides consultancy and support to local authorities with the aim of increasing the number of children adopted from care and reducing delays in making and implementing decisions about adoptive placements. This work forms part of the Department for Education 'Pathways to Permanency project'.
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Free
2010

In Loco Parentis - A Demos report commissioned by Barnardo's

by Celia Hannon, Claudia Wood and Louise Bazalgette

Type: Policy and research documents

The report examines what the care system would look like if it were reconfigured to avoid the delay, instability and abrupt transitions that many young people still experience and demonstrates that a smoother, more proactive care system could also be less costly to the state.
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Free
2004

What works in adoption and foster care?

by Clive Sellick

Type: Tools for professionals

Written to help managers and practitioners make evidence based decisions about where and how to place children for the right outcomes.
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£12.99
2004

What works for young people leaving care?

by Mike Stein

Type: Tools for professionals

This book looks at problems, service challenges and outcomes for young people leaving care.
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£12.99
2004

Improving outcomes for young people leaving care in Brent

by Daniel Clay and Rachel Dowling

Type: Policy and research documents

Executive summary of research, conducted by Barnardo's for the London Borough of Brent, to inform development of services for looked after children and care leavers.
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Free
2003

Mental health of looked after children and young people in public care

by Christine Cocker, Sara Scott, Claire Turner and Nicola Smith

Type: Policy and research documents

This study reviews the provision of specialist mental health services available to looked after children in England and other European countries.
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Free
2003

FAIM Funday consultation report: What young people want from a foster care service

by Polly Wright

Type: Policy and research documents

Creative methods were used to consult 27 children and young people looked after in Merseyside.
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Free
 

Missing from care in Staffordshire

by Di McNeish and Sara Scott

Type: Policy and research documents

This report presents the findings of a study to explore policy and practice in relation to children and young people going missing from care in Staffordshire.
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Free
 

Failed by the system

by Pam Hibbert

Type: Policy and research documents

This survey reveals the shocking educational disadvantage faced by children in care.
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Free
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