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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Transforming Children's Care Collaborative, Child's i Foundation,

The objective of this webinar was to present the best practices learnt in the implementation of the youth wellbeing project which focused on integrated mental health and wellbeing support for youth and particularly young people with lived experience of care.

Chris Swerts, Laura E. Gómez, Margo Dewitte, Jessica De Maeyer, Wouter Vanderplasschen ,

This global study investigates how adolescents between 12 and 18 years old in residential and non-residential youth care services perceive their quality of life on the basis of a new specific measure: the Quality of Life in Youth Services Scale (QOLYSS).

Ana Cristina Ferro Roque, Jonas Carvalho e Silva3, Maria Aparecida Penso,

The purpose of this article is to identify the relationships of affection that exist between children/adolescents institutionalized in the same shelter. Data collection was carried out with two sisters hosted in Brasília-Distrito Federal.

Jason Schaub, Willem J. Stander, Paul Montgomery,

This study produced a nuanced understanding of the residential care experiences of LGBTQ+ young people in England.

Alison Knopf,


Claire Fitzpatrick, Katie Hunter, Julie Shaw, Jo Staines,

This paper explores how criminalisation, care experience and motherhood may intersect to produce multi-faceted structural disadvantage within both systems of care and punishment in England.

Figen Pasli, Hüsnünur Aslantürk,

This study aimed to examine the sense of family belonging of individuals with childhood institutional care experience through personal details, institutional care, and post-institutional-care variables. This study was conducted with 313 adults with institutional care experience during childhood in Western Asia.

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

This global systematic review aimed to synthesise the international evidence base for interventions targeting subjective wellbeing, mental health and suicide amongst care-experienced young people aged ≤ 25 years.

Charlotte Heleniak, Bonnie Goff, Laurel J. Gabard-Durnam, Eva H. Telzer, Kathryn L. Humphreys, Daniel S. Lumian, Jessica E. Flannery, Christina Caldera, Mor Shapiro MD, Jennifer Y. Louie, Fan Shen,

This longitudinal U.S.-based study examined the link between caregiving-related early adversity and elevated risks for both depressive psychopathology and prematurely shortened telomeres across the lifespan of children exposed to early institutional care.

Shamra Boel-Studt, Taylor Dowdy-Hazlett ,

This U.S.-based study explored youth experiences in residential care at different stages of adolescence.