Residential Care

Residential care refers to any group living arrangement where children are looked after by paid staff in a specially designated facility. It covers a wide variety of settings ranging from emergency shelters and small group homes, to larger-scale institutions such as orphanages or children’s homes. As a general rule, residential care should only be provided on a temporary basis, for example while efforts are made to promote family reintegration or to identify family based care options for children. In some cases however, certain forms of residential care can operate as a longer-term care solution for children.

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Denise Michelle Brend - Children and Youth Services Review,

For this study, an exploratory theoretical thematic analysis of the narratives of residential childcare workers in child welfare (RCWs) was performed to further understanding about the nature of the psychological distress reported by RCWs.

Laurie Ahern, Lisbet Brizuela, Ivonne Millán, Priscila Rodríguez, Eric Rosenthal - Disability Rights International,

Este informe documenta violaciones graves y generalizadas a los derechos humanos de niñas, niños adolescentes y adultos con discapacidad en centros residenciales en México.

Laurie Ahern, Lisbet Brizuela, Ivonne Millán, Priscila Rodríguez, Eric Rosenthal - Disability Rights International,

This report documents severe and pervasive human rights violations against children and adults with disabilities in residential facilities in Mexico.

Better Care Network,

Comprised of videos and accompanying discussion guides, this video series features the learning from practitioners working across a range of care-related programs and practices in Kenya.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Peter Kamau from Child in Family Focus discusses his organisation’s approach to engaging with the directors of privately-run charitable children’s institutions (CCI’s) to secure their buy-in for transition and the reintegration of children into families, in line with government policy.

Changing the Way We Care,

Este informe de Changing the Way We Care revisa las opciones existentes de cuidado familiar alternativo en Guatemala y ofrece recomendaciones para otras modalidades y prácticas.

Sadiyya Haffejee, Diane Thembekile Levine - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The aim of this study was to explore the experiences and impact of the pandemic and the resulting social isolation on the wellbeing and protection of children living in a residential care facility.

Nicole Gilbertson Wilke, Amanda Hiles Howard, Philip Goldman - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The goal of the present study was to better understand the scope and characteristics of rapid return, and to provide data-informed recommendations for service providers working with this population.

Alison Gerard, Emma Colvin, Andrew McGrath - Prisons and Community Corrections,

This chapter provides an overview of one of the key factors implicated in young people’s contact with the criminal justice system: the criminalisation of children with care experience.

Jennifer Rasell - Care of the State,

The concluding chapter of Care of the State: Relationships, Kinship and the State in Children’s Homes in Late Socialist Hungary ​​​​​​​draws together the main findings of the author's research into the changing relationships and kinship ties of children who lived in state residential care in socialist Hungary.