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Outcomes that Matter© for Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care

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      Child, youth and family services require that outcomes are measured, although confusion persists around which outcomes really matter. Inputs, outputs and outcomes are frequently used interchangeably, while carers are rarely given voice and recognition for what they are doing in daily life-space encounters with young people in out-of-home care. An Outcomes that Matter recording format is introduced, which attends to developmental outcomes achieved by young people from week to week, positioning carers alongside these young people at the centre of corporate parenting endeavours.

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            Correspondence to: L.C. Fulcher, Tuai Cottage, 44 Mountain Rd, RD. 5, Tuai - Wairoa 4195, New Zealand. Email: leon.fulcher@ 123456gmail.com

            *Leon Fulcher, MSW, PhD has worked for more than forty years as a social worker in residential child and youth care work and foster care in several parts of the world. He has specialised in working across cultures, team working and caring for caregivers, as well as supervision and promoting learning with adult carers.

            Thom Garfat, MA, PhD is an international consultant and trainer who, for over forty years, has worked with children, young people, care givers and those who help them. His primary focus is on ‘making it work’; finding practical day-to-day ways to enhance processes of development and healing.

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            International Journal of Social Pedagogy
            IJSP
            UCL Press (UK )
            2051-5804
            1 January 2013
            : 2
            : 1
            : 33-46
            10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2013.v2.1.004
            Copyright © 2013 The Author(s)

            This work is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-NC-SA) 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/, which permits re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided any modifications of this material in anyway is distributed under this same license, is not used for commercial purposes, and the original author and source are credited

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