Exploring kinship care through practitioner collaborative enquiry

Christopher Warren-Adamson

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A special edition of Journal of Adoption and Fostering, this article examines a collaborative enquiry with eight local authority practitioners about family placement with kin or family and friends. Findings reviewed major challenges for practitioners in undertaking the complexity of such practice. Chris Warren-Adamson reports on the proceedings of a collaborative enquiry group of eight social workers from one English local authority considering kinship or family and friends care practice. Facilitated by an academic, the group met once a month for the best part of a year to enquire into the implications for practitioners of the authority's strong policy of encouraging kinship placement for looked after children. The article briefly acknowledges the context of 'kinship care' and the collaborative enquiry process, before concentrating on a consideration of the challenges to kinship practice. The article concludes with a discussion about two inter-related sets of findings: first, technical or structural proposals about kinship practice; and second, enduring issues for social work practice, namely the overwhelming nature of complexity, the ill-management of anxiety and the questionable appropriateness of the agency office as a site for kinship care practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalAdoption & Fostering: The Quarterly Journal of British Agencies for Adoption & Fostering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Kinship care
  • collaborative enquiry


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