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Residential child care

Kendrick, Andrew (2015) Residential child care. In: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier Limited, Oxford, pp. 534-539. ISBN 978-0-08-097086-8

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Residential child care has proved to be one of the most difficult and complex interventions in the lives of children around the globe. There are polarized views about residential care and this is reflected in ambivalence in legislation, policy, and practice. Residential child care, however, continues to have a positive role in the care of children and young people when they are unable to remain in their own families. High-quality and effective residential care should provide an environment that enhances development, promotes resilience, and builds the confidence and self-esteem of children and young people.