Returning children home from public care

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Thoburn, June; Robinson, Julie; Anderson, Beth
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 November 2012
Research briefing; 42
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Making decisions about whether or not to return children home from public care is a critical part of social work, yet very little empirical research has been conducted specifically on reunification, especially when compared with the other placement options of adoption and long-term foster care. While there have been some valuable additions to the literature in the United Kingdom (UK) in the last few years, there remains very limited data on the processes and outcomes of reunification. This research briefing gives an overview of research evidence to date.

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