Function, Quality and Outcomes of Residential Care : Rapid Evidence Review

Porter, Robert and Mitchell, Fiona and Giraldi, Miriana (2021) Function, Quality and Outcomes of Residential Care : Rapid Evidence Review. SOS Children's Villages International, Austria.

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In seeking to provide an overview of the existing research on residential care, this review addresses the following research questions: What is the function of residential care as part of a range of alternative care options? What facilitates ‘quality’ care in residential care? Taking account of it both in the relational interactions between children and their carers, and in how residential care is organised to facilitate high quality care for children. What effect does residential care have upon outcomes for children and young people? Methodology This review used Rapid Evidence Review Methodology based on the steps detailed in Khangura et al (2012), which aim to streamline the process of synthesising evidence for practical applications. The research questions and the protocol for the search, screening, and reviewing of relevant literature were devised in close consultation with a stakeholder group from SOS Children’s Villages.