Residential care for children and young people

Policy and practice challenges

Authored by: Claudia Mollidor , David Berridge

The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138942752
eBook ISBN: 9781315672960
Adobe ISBN: 9781317374749


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Residential institutions across the world have an important part to play in ensuring the welfare and safety of large numbers of children and young people. Much good-quality child care work occurs, but it is often the institutional failures that hit the headlines. The harrowing images of children living in orphanages in Romania in the 1990s caused an international outcry. In the UK, widespread physical and sexual abuse of children living in institutions has been detected, also leading to widespread reforms. Many countries now seek to avoid children growing up in large, separate, isolated institutions but instead prefer that they receive high-quality physical and emotional care in smaller, more family-like groups. Any abuse or malpractice is more likely to be detected in such settings and vulnerable children can receive more appropriate care.

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