Promoting Recilience: Supporting children and young people who are in care, adopted or in need
The concepts of resilience and vulnerability have been in the professional domain for some time, but it is the work of Robbie Gilligan that has been instrumental in clarifying these concepts and applying them to practice. This new edition of Promoting Resilience contains yet more inspirational ideas and suggestions for promoting resilience in day-to-day work.
A resilience-led perspective tends to be optimistic and pragmatic. It is based on the belief that change is possible and that this often comes not only through supportive relationships, but also from little things in everyday experience. Promoting Resilience challenges the mindset that social work with children in care, adopted or in need is a thankless task, where rewards are few and the successes rare and sets out a positive and hopeful agenda for social work with children in the care system. The guide is predicated on two messages of hope: that the lives of children in care can be made better; and that what social workers and carers can do – even the little things – can make a difference to children’s lives and their life chances.
To read more about this publication and for orders, please see the web site of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).