We hope that after studying this course you have gained a greater understanding of children who are separated from their parents or families of origin and of the range of experiences, views and needs they have when living in different settings. Your ability to think carefully about what has happened to children in the past and how experiences might have impacted on them and to base your actions on this understanding can make a significant difference to their present and future. If you work with or care for children in any of the settings discussed in this course, you can draw on your learning to consider how children's behaviour might be affected by losses and separations and be aware how different interventions might affect them. You might also reflect on how children's responses to different day-to-day pressures can be explained by their attempts to cope with past and imminent changes. If you are engaged in any assessment process with potential or actual carers or are in the process of becoming a carer yourself, you might find materials from this course useful.
Perhaps you also recognised that many of the principles in the course have a much wider application for work with children and families. The principles illustrate the importance of applying theory to practice, for example, attachment theory. They are also directly concerned with promoting quality care by listening and responding to children's needs, views and aspirations; and recognising that children, parents, siblings, kin, carers, other significant people and those working with children and families are all involved in contributing to children's well-being.