The Howard Journal
What makes Taylor's book important- and her argument particularly relevant to social care policy and practise- is her illustration of the processes by which children in care come to feel uncared for, detached and disrespected. It is the absence of secure, stable and loving relationships, combined with low expectations, that undermines their ability to develop secure attachments to anything or anyone positive. A key challenge arising from Taylor's findings is how to facilitate these kinds of positive attachments amongst looked- after children, given the ongoing crisis in recruiting and retaining quality foster carers and social care professionals.
Youth Justice, Vol.6, No.2, April 2007
On the overall excellence of the book I hope there will be little disagreement. I would urge everyone with an interest in the care system to read it.
Punishment and Society
[The book] demonstrates a real sense of commitment to providing its readership with a product that matches the standard of its contents. As such, it is both accessible to students and rewards attention by more specialist readers in its field. Its conclusions deserve to be taken seriously by anyone with an interest in the welfare of the vulnerable children and young people who find themselves relying on the state for their start in life.
Written in a clear and refreshing style…this book must be essential reading.
A thoughtful book, written by a former 'looked after' teenager, offers to magistrates, practitioners and policy-makers alike new insights into the lives of children in care.
The author's unique take on her research subject is that she is herself a product of the care system. She is passionate about giving a voice to young people who have experienced various kinds of care, so that professionals might learn from them.