Research Participants Request to people of Faith who may be working with parents of children who have been in care and returned to the parent(s).

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Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Department of Psychology

DK Building

Guildford

Re: Research Participants Request to people of Faith who may be working with parents of children who have been in care and returned to the parent(s).

My name is David Dorey, I am a Counselling Psychologist in training for the Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. I am currently recruiting participants for a research project, and I wondered if you might know of any parents who may be interested in participating. My research focuses on a retrospective reflection of the ways in which parents who have been reunited with ‘looked after children’ experienced feelings of support (if at all) while their child(ren) were being looked after in Local Authority care.

As you may know, within the English and Welsh child protection system there are formal structures for investigating ‘what went wrong’ in cases where children may be at risk of, or have experienced significant harm within their family. There appears to be much less emphasis on reporting and learning from case outcomes in child protection and healthcare, where children cease to be ‘looked after’ by the state and are reunited with their family. This study proposes to fill this gap in the knowledge by exploring the ways in which parents felt supported (if at all) while their children were in care. Giving retrospective voice to the issues and meaning making of parents during this period will enrich clinical practice and offer counselling psychologists and policy makers a qualitative perspective from which to contextualise the ways in which therapeutic interventions, child protection arrangements, services and their own actions are perceived as supportive by the parents involved.

If you know of any parents aged eighteen or over, who have had children taken into care within the English and Welsh child protection system, where the family has subsequently been reunified, and who may be interested in participating in this research, I would be very grateful if you could forward them the attached Invitation to Parents.

Kind regards,

David Dorey

Counselling Psychologist in Training,

University of Surrey

Email: d.dorey@surrey.ac.uk

 Supervisor: Dr. Elena Manafi, e-mail: e.manafi@surrey.ac.uk

This study has received a favourable ethical opinion from the University of Surrey Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Ethics Committee.  Version 1.1, date 14/07/2017

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