I am delighted to announce our 2013 careif essay project on Protecting & promoting the mental health & well-being of children in care; a subject of significant Interest in today's society
Young people are placed in care for a variety of reasons including loss of parents to illness, for their own protection and safety, where parents are no longer able to care for children, or where their social, emotional and behavioural learning challenges conventional schools and homes. Once in care, their future may take many trajectories, either remaining in care indefinitely until they become adults and have to leave care, of they may be placed with foster and adoptive families.
In this essay competition we are asking the authors to focus on how best to provide care for young people whilst in public care systems, and to protect and promote their well being, socio-emotional and academic learning, offering them the best life chances of health and well-being as adults and as future parents.
In particular, we are interested in a synoptic view of how care practices can influence the plight of future generations, and how to break the intergenerational transmission of neglect, violence and abuse. Any interventions or processes that enable smooth transitions to adulthood, or to foster and adoptive parents, and any approaches that minimise contact with the criminal justice system, involvement with gangs and associated activities and alcohol and drug mis-use will be relevant.
I would be extremely grateful if this essay can be made available to your contacts and key individuals/institutions so that as many people can have access to and an opportunity to participate . Both Michelle Younger and I will be willing to discuss this initiative in more detail with you.
I appreciate your help with this important initiative and look forward to hearing from you.
Co-founder and Director