Foster carers’ receptiveness to new innovations and programmes: an example from the introduction of social pedagogy to UK foster care

McDermid, Samantha, Trivedi, Helen, Holmes, Lisa and Boddy, Janet (2021) Foster carers’ receptiveness to new innovations and programmes: an example from the introduction of social pedagogy to UK foster care. The British Journal of Social Work. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

Foster carers characterise a highly diverse workforce that shares the choice to provide a home and family for children who can no longer reside with their family. This diversity makes supporting and providing for carers’ training needs a complex task for fostering services. Understanding what might influence their engagement in training would be useful. This article outlines themes related to foster carers’ engagement with social pedagogy, using data from the Head, Heart, Hands (HHH) programme evaluation. Analysis of interviews with seventy-six foster carers over a period of three years is presented. The emerging themes were used to devise an illustrative typology of receptiveness to training. The themes relate to the perceived impact of HHH on their practice and compatibility with the existing children’s social care (CSC) system. The article explores the factors that may influence foster carers’ positioning within the typology. The contributions that such a typology might make to the wider evidence base across CSC, in terms of the implementation and potential impacts of intervention, are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 07:09
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 07:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/100939

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