Promoting resilience in fostered children and young people

How this guide was created

This guide draws primarily, but not exclusively, on two pieces of work commissioned by SCIE that contributed to our knowledge about innovative fostering practice: Knowledge review 4: Innovative, tried and tested: A review of good practice in fostering (7) and Knowledge review 5: Fostering success: An exploration of the research literature in foster care (8).

The SCIE Advisory Group on Fostering has also provided a crucial source of knowledge on the features of a child and family-focused fostering service (see Appendix 1 for a list of participants). Contributions from children and young people who use fostering services have shaped this work.

SCIE is undertaking a range of work that relates to this guide, including guides on children and young people's participation in the improvement of social care services, human growth and development and good fostering practice, as well as a knowledge review on adoption research (9).

SCIE has also published Position paper 3: Has service user participation made a difference to social care services? (10) that looks at the impact of children and young people's participation on change and improvement in social care services.