The Important Voices of Care Experienced People in Relation to Services

Stephanie Hunter, Susan McKenna, Rachel Close, Rachel Woodley

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This chapter contributes to important thinking in relation to vulnerability. It is authored by adult women who have experienced foster care, adoption and a plethora of contemporary health and social care services. They highlight strengths and weaknesses in systems currently recognized by the Association of the Directors of Social Services as at breaking point (Bunn, 2019).
The authorship of this chapter testament to post traumatic growth in that three of the authors have navigated services themselves, then worked professionally in helping others. Therefore, this chapter is developed from a unique and credible positionality. As few care experienced adults have acquired sufficient opportunity to develop the social and educational capital to make published observations in relation to their life path. The theorists including Bourdieu (1984) and Nicholson (2011); are referenced, the latter’s work focuses on deracination and the trauma resulting from constantly uprooting vulnerable young people. Bourdieu also commented upon the complex ways in which power is created in society and generationally transferred.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Management & Vulnerability; Contextualising Change
EditorsJoyce Liddle, Gareth David Addidle
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429352683
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2020


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