Effects of Institutional Care

Institutionalising children has been shown to cause a wide range of problems for their development, well-being and longer-term outcomes. Institutional care does not adequately provide the level of positive individual attention from consistent caregivers which is essential for the successful emotional, physical, mental, and social development of children. This is profoundly relevant for children under 3 years of age for whom institutional care has been shown to be especially damaging. 

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Caroline Andow,

Drawing on data generated through a substantial ethnography in one secure children's home in England, this paper uses Goffman's (1961) theorising as a conceptual lens to view the institution.

Luke Power, Mark Hardy,

This systematic review contained studies that were mostly based in the U.S. and had three primary research aims: (1) to identify the key predictors of care leavers’ health; (2) to understand how determinants of health are conceptualised within the literature; and (3) to understand what methods and data sources are used to understand the health outcomes of care leavers.

Judith L. Perrigo, Abigail Palmer Molina, Omar López, Dorian Traube, Lawrence A. Palinkas,

The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of deinstitutionalization on the Salvadoran Child Protection System.

Anna-Lena Almqvist, Kitty Lassinantti ,

The objective of this paper is to further the understanding of young people’s experiences of out-of-home care (OHC) in Sweden.

Matthew J. Lindquist - Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University,

This report draws 14 lessons from academic research on the effects of out-of-home care on subsequent criminality. Most of the studies references in this review of based in Sweden.

Aimee Cummings, Katherine Shelton,

This study reviewed the prevalence of mental health disorders among Looked After Children in the UK.

Sarah MacDonald, Rob Trubey, Jane Noyes, Soo Vinnicombe, Helen E. Morgan, Simone Willis, Maria Boffey, G.J. Melendez-Torres, Michael Robling, Charlotte Wooder, Rhiannon Evans,

This global systematic review incorporated a comprehensive search of available literature from 1990 and captures the extant literature relating to process evaluations for interventions which address care-experienced children and young people’s mental health and well-being, and is one of the first syntheses of process evaluations in social care.

Yusra Ribhi Shawar, Jeremy Shiffman ,

This analysis investigates factors shaping the inadequate global prioritization of the care of vulnerable children.

Kate McAlpine, Raphael Dennis, Janeth Semwene, Belinda Mziray, Citizens 4 Change, World Childhood, Pamoja Leo, Railway Children, Families & Futures Coalition of Tanzania,

This mixed-methods study collects survey data from 253 adults involved with vulnerable children in Tanzania and narrative data from 31 young adults who experienced residential care during their childhood. The research fills a gap in the literature about the lived experiences of children in institutional care and the impacts of this type of care on their lives.

World Childhood Foundation, Eriks Development Partner,

The purpose of this study is to explore how growing up in private residential care in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces of Thailand has affected children’s well-being over time. The research provided an important opportunity for young people to describe and analyze their experience, as well as make their own conclusions and recommendations.