In Care and After: A Positive Perspective Elaine Chase, Antonia Simon and Sonia Jackson (Editors) London: Routledge, 2006 202 pages, £24.99 (paperback) ISBN: 0 415 35254 1 The editors' mission in this book to focus `less on the failings of social care systems and more on the factors that enable some young people [in care] to achieve a great deal despite the disadvantages they have faced' (p5). Ambitious as this is, they are confident in their intent, which is to `identify and unpack what it is that makes or might make a difference to the outcomes for young people' (p5). In other words, the plan is to uncover the veritable black box of resilience, or at least, begin the process of doing so. In doing this, the editors hope to educate the intended audience students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from a range of backgrounds about what enables children to persevere. Rather than focus on the shortcomings of policy in England and Wales, the editors suggest that they will accomplish their mission through optimism and hope. The book begins with a relatively detailed appraisal of Britain's child welfare policy and how it has evolved over time (Chapter
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