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By Madeleine L'Engle

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Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mom are having a middle of the night snack on a dismal and stormy evening whilst an unearthly stranger seems at their door. He claims to were blown astray, and is going directly to inform them that there's this type of factor as a "tesseract," which, when you didn't be aware of, is a wrinkle in time.

Meg's father were experimenting with time-travel while he all at once disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their good friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they seek via house for his or her father?

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Evidence of need was therefore deduced from a number of socio-economic indicators that have been shown to relate to the demand for children’s social care (Carr-Hill et al. 1997; Bebbington and Miles 1989), though in themselves they rarely appear as precipitating factors. We were able to find data for all six authorities on the prevalence of the following: population density, lone-parent families with Identifying Local Authorities and Children for Exploring the Costs of Care / 29 dependent children, overcrowding, children in receipt of income support, minority ethnic groups.

Researchers cannot approach children and young people directly because to do so would entail their receiving identifying information, such as names and addresses, before consent had been given. Thus the children and young people were selected from the anonymized dataset and a formal procedure was agreed through which the authority, acting on behalf of the research team, sought agreement from social workers, carers and/or parents and children for each interview to go ahead. We have discussed elsewhere how complex research governance procedures, introduced with the laudable intention of protecting vulnerable people from unwarranted intrusion, can inadvertently exclude young people who may wish to participate in a research study, and will almost always result in a biased sample (Munro, Holmes and Ward 2005).

All children who met the criteria were included in the sample selection for Unitary 2, but because this is an authority with only a small care population, the total number of those eligible only reached 77. There was also substantial sample loss. Some of the participating authorities updated their management information systems during the study, as a result of which a number of children were identified who had been wrongly classified as looked after in the Children in Need Census 2000 (Department of Health 2001a); these had to be withdrawn from the sample.

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