This is a book review of: "A guide to therapeutic child care: what you need to know to create a healing home", by R. Edmond, L. Steckley and A. Roesch-Marsh and published in 2016. This is a greatly-anticipated textbook, which examines the issues that arise on a daily basis when caring for children in substitute care. Theory is integrated throughout in an accessible and non-threatening way, and applied to everyday opportunities for supporting and promoting the development of children and young people. Chapter 2 - on ‘The Developing Person’ - contextualises normative stages of development with a helpful overview on what threatens such progress. This different approach to widely recognised theoretical models is also noticeable in Chapter 3, ‘Tuning In and Attachment’, which explores the challenges faced in working with those who reject caring attempts. In addressing issues in this way, the book manages to challenge and develop the knowledge base of the learner, whilst retaining the message that it is acceptable to not always get things right. The practical guidance offered across a range of subject areas is of great value.
BOLGER, J. 2016. A guide to therapeutic child care: what you need to know to create a healing home. Ethics and social welfare [online], 10(3), pages 285-286. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2016.1194585