Upping the ante! The traning and status of foster carers in Queensland

Butcher, Anne (2005) Upping the ante! The traning and status of foster carers in Queensland. Children Australia, 30 (3). pp. 25-30.

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This paper presents key findings from current North Queensland doctoral research on the topic of foster carer education, training and support. Sixty-one interviews were conducted with Indigenous, non-Indigenous and relative foster carers and a broad range of other 'key informants'. Research findings presented in this paper indicate the need for more highly specialised and accredited training for foster carers than currently exists in Queensland, and argues for the professionalisation of foster care linked to increased payments and improved support for foster carers. The paper concludes that such changes in the current foster care system are crucial if foster carers are to be recruited to, and retained in, the role and, more importantly, for there to be much improved outcomes for children in statutory care.

Item ID: 13993
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1035-0772
Keywords: education; foster care; foster parents; professionalism; support; training
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 05:02
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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