Troubling meanings of ‘family’ for young people who have been in care: from policy to lived experience

Boddy, Janet (2018) Troubling meanings of ‘family’ for young people who have been in care: from policy to lived experience. Journal of Family Issues. ISSN 0192-513X

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Abstract

This paper seeks to trouble the concept of ‘family’ for young people who have been in outof-home care, by reflecting on the continuing significance (and troubles) of family relationships beyond childhood. The analysis draws on two cross-national studies in Europe: Beyond Contact, which examined policies and systems for work with families of children in care, and Against All Odds?, a qualitative longitudinal study of young adults who have been in care. Policy discourses that reify and instrumentalise the concept of family – for example, through the language of ‘contact’, ‘reunification’ and ‘permanence’ – neglect the complex temporality of ‘family’ for young people who have been in care, negotiated and practised across time and in multiple (and changing) care contexts, and forming part of complex, dynamic and relational identities, and understandings of ‘belonging’ for young adults who have been in care.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2018 09:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74877

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