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Residential child care : learning from international comparisons

Kendrick, Andrew and Steckley, Laura and McPheat, G.A. (2011) Residential child care : learning from international comparisons. In: Early Professional Development for Social Workers. British Association of Social Workers, Birmingham, pp. 81-87. ISBN 9781861780843

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    Abstract

    Over recent years, residential child care has come under increased scrutiny, and there has been marked ambiguity in policy debates about its roles and functions within the range of child welfare services. Considerable concern has been expressed about the institutional abuse identified in countries around the world. Questions have been asked about the effectiveness of residential care in comparison with alternative services. The often difficult experiences of children and young people leaving residential care - particularly those leaving care to independence - have raised questions about policies and practice. The ongoing focus on the importance of the family and family-based care settings has been contrasted with the 'institutional' nature of residential care. These discussions have played out in different ways across the world. It is the aim of this chapter to highlight the main issues to see what lessons can be learnt from comparison with residential care in other countries. The potential scope of this endeavour is huge and we have therefore had to be selective in the examples used, but we hope to contribute to the positive development of residential care.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 28808
    Keywords: social work, residential child care, child care, international comparisons, early professional development, social workers, british association of social workers, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Social Sciences(all)
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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    Depositing user: Ms Laura Steckley
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 12:34
    Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 05:40
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/28808

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