Publication details [#1081]

Kendrick, Andrew. 2013. Relations, relationships and relatedness: residential child care and the family metaphor. Child & Family Social Work 18 (1) : 77–86. 10 pp.
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Blackwell Publishing Ltd


This paper examines the different conceptualizations of the family by children and young people in residential care and the ways in which these representations can help improve family-like relationships. Although residential care does not usually have a good reputation and is often compared negatively to family replacements, there are many instances in which children and young people describe their experiences very positively. Care staff even seems to use kin terms like ‘dad’ or ‘sister’, which obviously increases the possibility of getting positive feedback from the residents. The ultimate aim is also that of studying the nature of the family and its diversity in Western society.