Temporary or Interim Care

Interim care refers to care arranged for children on a short-term, temporary basis. It can involve placement with relatives, foster carers or in residential care facilities such as interim care centres, shelters or drop-in centres, and generally involves a temporary solution for children who are in need of immediate care and protection, while longer-term care is identified.

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Save the Children,

This guidance is for Save the Children staff and partners already running Interim Care Centres (ICCs) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diana Margot Rosenthal, Marcella Ucci, Michelle Heys, Andrew Hayward, Monica Lakhanpaul - The Lancet,

This comment from the Lancet explores the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on children in temporary accommodation in the UK.

Save the Children,

This document outlines some of the potential risks children face in Interim Care Centres and suggests how to manage them to ensure that children are as safe as possible.

Murli Desai - Rights-based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems,

The aim of this module from the book Rights-based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems is to learn about the need for rights-based support services for children and families at risk in specific situations.

Mark E. Courtney, Erin J. Valentine, Melanie Skemer - Children and Youth Services Review,

The study reported here uses a random-assignment evaluation design to assess the impact of the YVLifeSet program on young adults transitioning to adulthood from the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the state of Tennessee.

Anisa Mahmoudi & Tshegofatso Tracy Mothapo - Kids Empowerment ,

This report from Kids Empowerment reviews the reception of children on the move in South Africa.

Sophie T. Hébert, Tonino Esposito, Sonia Hélie - Children and Youth Services Review,

In the present study, the authors examined the effects of two types of initial short-term placements: emergency placements (lasting 1 to 5 days) and provisional placements (lasting 6 to 60 days) on the risks of re-entry into care in the four years following reunification.

Sophie T. Hébert, Sonia Hélie, Tonino Esposito - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The objective of the present study is to describe the context in which temporary placements are used by children’s services in Quebec (Canada) while analyzing the associative link between temporary placements and physical abuse as the reason for the placement.

Frank Van Holen, Laurence Belenger, Elke Carlier, Babette Potoms, Johan Vanderfaeillie - Children and Youth Services Review,

The present study is the first to examine reunification rates and characteristics associated with reunification decisions in Flemish short-term foster care.

Lauren A. Hindt, Grace Jhe Bai, Brynn M. Huguenel, Anne K. Fuller, Scott C. Leon - Child Maltreatment,

The present longitudinal study explored the impact of initial emergency shelter placement on long-term externalizing behavior (i.e., aggression, delinquency) and internalizing symptom (i.e., anxiety, depression) trajectories, and whether kinship involvement moderated the effect of shelter placement on behavioral outcomes.