In Residential Care, in addition to intervening with the child/young person, it is also crucial to intervene with the family. The intervention carried out by the professionals must be family centered and, as such, the latter must get involved and cooperate in the process. However, parental involvement in residential care is a critical area: articulation and contact with families is not often simple, which leads to difficulties in the relationship between parents and professionals and difficulties in parental involvement during the intervention process. This parental involvement, from the perspective of the biological family, is, moreover, a concept that isn´t very represented in the literature. This case study aims to understand the perception of parents about their involvement in the intervention process carried out during the residential care of their children and the impact of the pandemic. Thus, 4 parents with children in residential care and 2 professionals participated in this study. The results revealed that the relationship between parents and children and the relationship between parents and professionals influence parental involvement. The perception of parental involvement differs, which may justify the way in which parents and professionals relate and perceive the process and their role. Parents expressed availability on the part of the professionals, but, at the same time, they did not often feel supported, respected, involved and this impacts the way they get involved in the process. The professionals, on the other hand, expressed great openness, good communication and involvement with parents.
|Date of Award||8 Oct 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Mariana Negrão (Supervisor) & Elisa Veiga (Co-Supervisor)|
- Parent engagement
- Residential care
- Biologic parents