Permanency planning decision-making for sibling groups: A systematic review of the literature

Kane, Jacinta and Darlington, Yvonne (2009) Permanency planning decision-making for sibling groups: A systematic review of the literature. Children, Families and Communities Australia, 4 2: 34-45.


Author Kane, Jacinta
Darlington, Yvonne
Title Permanency planning decision-making for sibling groups: A systematic review of the literature
Journal name Children, Families and Communities Australia
ISSN 1833-6280
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 34
End page 45
Total pages 12
Place of publication Mackay, Qld.
Publisher Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract Permanency planning has become a key feature of child protection systems throughout the world. A core principle of permanency planning is that maintaining stability and continuity of relationships promotes children's growth and functioning. Given this focus on the continuity of relationships, a key challenge for child protection workers making permanency decisions is to consider the role and importance of sibling relationships. This paper presents a systematic review of published research on sibling placements and relationships for children in care. The method is a core component of any systematic review, providing the basis for a rigorous review and also allowing replication. Thus, the paper includes details of the question refinement, search strategy, inclusion criteria and assessments of relevance and quality. Screening of articles identified 11 studies for inclusion in the systematic review. Included studies varied significantly in methodology, definition of siblings and key findings. The review highlights the paucity of research in relation to sibling groups in care and the need for further research in this area to inform permanency planning decision-making.
Keyword Foster home care
Australia
Child welfare
Government policy
Research
Brothers and sisters
Children
Psychology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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