The Alliance for children in care and care leavers has published the following paper, entitled “Promoting looked after children’s emotional wellbeing and recovery from trauma through a child-centred outcomes framework” focusing on outcomes for looked-after children’s wellbeing and mental health. It sets out proposals for Government on developing new measures and ways of using existing data more effectively to drive improvements across the system.
The recommendations it gives form part the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leaver’s New Vision – a programme of work calling for a shift in the way the care system is viewed and delivered.
The paper highlights the difference between emotional wellbeing and mental health, stating: “For provision of the best possible care, both need to be considered. The Alliance proposes that both the wellbeing and mental health of looked after children must be understood in relation to how care can help children to:
- Flourish and move on from traumatic experiences through promoting their emotional wellbeing, as well as;
- Recover and repair any damage from adverse experiences such as abuse and neglect, through building resilience and addressing mental health difficulties. “
You can read the full paper here:
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