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Beyond the new horizon: trends and issues in residential child care

Kendrick, Andrew (2004) Beyond the new horizon: trends and issues in residential child care. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 19. pp. 71-80. ISSN 0741-9481

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Abstract

High profile scandals of abuse and poor outcomes of children in residential child care have contributed to a government focus on improving the quality of services. There has also been a significant effort to promote the rights of children and young people. In Scotland, there have been a number of national developments which include national bodies to regulate social care services, the social care workforce and to co-ordinate the training of residential child care staff; legislation to enhance the protection of children; and the creation of the role of Children's Commissioner to promote children's rights. As well as these national measures, it is important to place the developmental and emotional needs of children and young people in residential care at the centre of quality services.