Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
In the context of Social Work, faith - both religious and non-religious - remains an under researched and inadequately understood aspect of children’s identities. Children’s beliefs influence their care needs, aspirations and perceptions of family and community life. Research evidence suggests that depending on a child’s particular circumstances faith can either strengthen their sense of self-worth and resilience or it can inhibit it, reducing a child’s confidence in his or her decisions. In either case, faith can impact on a child’s ability or not to form positive attachments with its carers. In order to improve outcomes for all children, it is imperative that researchers, social work professionals, carers and parents better understand the impact that faith can have on children’s lives and desires. This conference will create a forum where exiting new research, current best practice and everyday lived experience of faith in the lives of looked-after children can be discussed and better understood.