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Title: Longing to belong: Children in residential care and their experiences of peer relationships at school and in the children's home
Authors: Emond, Ruth
Contact Email: h.r.emond@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: friendship
identity
residential care
support
Issue Date: May-2014
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Emond R (2014) Longing to belong: Children in residential care and their experiences of peer relationships at school and in the children's home, Child and Family Social Work, 19 (2), pp. 194-202.
Abstract: Resilience literature has stressed the potential of both children's educational experiences and their friendships to act as protective factors against adversity. However, less is known about how children living with adversity navigate these ‘everyday' aspects of social terrain and the particular challenges that they face. This paper explores the meaning and experience of peer relationships to one group of children living in residential care in Ireland. Drawing on a larger study of school and care, it explores data gathered from 16 children, aged 8 to 18, who were living in eight different children's homes on the east coast of Ireland. The findings suggest that the children were acutely aware of their ‘care' status and developed a number of strategies to manage this identity in school. It appears that more often than not, children described being left to their own devises to manage friendships and peer relationships. Thus, despite being a crucial source of both stress and support, peer relationships did not appear to be regarded as an issue that adults should be involved with. This raises questions for practice about what children should be supported with and the way in which peer relationships are potentially overlooked by social work, residential and school staff.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/19716
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00893.x
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Affiliation: Social Work

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