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What's the use of residential childcare? Findings of two studies detailing current trends in the use of residential childcare in Scotland

McPheat, G.A. and Milligan, I.M. and Hunter, L. (2007) What's the use of residential childcare? Findings of two studies detailing current trends in the use of residential childcare in Scotland. Journal of Children's Services, 2 (2). pp. 15-25. ISSN 1746-6660

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Abstract

Aimed to get data that would provide more detailed information - than is available in annual LAC statistics - about trends in the use of residential care. Found that a significant number of primary aged children are being accommodated in mainstream units, often moving between foster and residential care. There is also evidence of a high number of very short placements, particularly for younger children. Consequently some units experience a mix of short-and long-term placements as well as a wide age range of residents.