Contact visits for looked after children: the views of children, parents and professionals

DClinPsych Thesis

Mcdonnell, K. 2021. Contact visits for looked after children: the views of children, parents and professionals. DClinPsych Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Institute of Applied Psychology
AuthorsMcdonnell, K.
TypeDClinPsych Thesis
Qualification nameDoctor of Clinical Psychology

Section A
This review explored the views and experiences of children, birth parents, foster carers, social workers, and contact supervisors to provide an understanding of contact from all
perspectives. A systematic search yielded 10 studies. The papers presented findings showed that establishing clear boundaries and defining roles and expectations within contact was important to promote good working relationships. Practical issues such as timing and location of contact were discussed, with good communication and information sharing between all seen as conductive to positive contact.

Section B
A three-round Delphi methodology was used to explore the views and experiences of care leavers, parents and professionals facilitating visits, to understand which factors define good quality contact and gain consensus across roles to understand the most important factors influencing this. Overall, 8 care leavers, 10 parents, 20 foster carers, 16 supervisors, and 15 social workers participated. Results found that all groups reached strong agreement around the importance of increased parent support and collaboration between all parties involved in contact. Clear and transparent communication was key to developing positive relationships ensuring good quality contact. The need for increased support and training for professionals was also discussed.

KeywordsContact visits; Views of children; Views of parents; Views of professionals
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Deposited10 Jan 2022
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