Rethinking empirical research into Children in Care and Contact

  • Jenny Simpson (Author)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Current literature in relation to contact for Children in Care reveals that there have been a number of theories that have informed the current notion of contact and these are underpinned by psychological and psychosocial assumptions about identity development (Winter and Cohen, 2005). These have included the maintenance of the ‘mother-child’ bond (Clarke and Clarke, 1976); the need to maintain contact to avoid ‘genealogical bewilderment’ (Sants, 1964) and the importance of continuing socio-genealogical connectedness (Owusu-Bempah and Howitt, 1997) and most importantly Bowlby’s (1960) theory of attachment. These psychological and psychosocial assumptions have informed not only the type of research undertaken but also the methodology used (see Cleaver, 2000; Macaskill, 2002; Selwyn, 2003 and McWey and Mullis, 2004).
Period26 Aug 2016
Event title6th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work
Event typeConference
LocationZwolle, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Children
  • Care
  • Empirical research