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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Up/Root Podcast,

This episode of the podcast Up/Root features interviews with Stephen Ucembe and Ruth Wacuka who both grew up in "orphanages," despite having parents. They share what it was like to grow up in an institution and what they are doing to help end orphanage tourism - and how listeners can join them in their pursuit of justice for families and children.

Edinete Maria Rosa, et al - Ecological Engagement,

The objective of the work described in this chapter was to know the daily routine of a shelter for children aged 0 to 6 located in Espírito Santo and understand the factors involved in the psychosocial development of children in foster care.

Larissa Morélia Sá Vieira Macêdo, Kalina Vanderlei Silva, Débora Maria dos Santos Pinheiro de Lima, Lygia Maria Pereira da Silva - Ecological Engagement,

This chapter’s aim is to report the experience of using Ecological Engagement in a research of interdisciplinary character developed with teenage girls, aged 10–14, inserted in two care institutions for protection measures in Pernambuco state, Brazil.

Rekha Thapar, et al - AIDS Research and Treatment,

In this cross-sectional study 86 children orphaned by AIDS residing in care giving institutions for HIV positive children in Mangalore were assessed for their clinico-epidemiological profile and nutritional status.

Claire Soares, Grace Ablett, Beth Mooney, Dr Sophia King - The Truth Project, The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse,

This is the second research publication in a series of thematic reports examining what victims and survivors have shared with the Truth Project about their experiences of child sexual abuse and the institutional context in which it occurred. It details the research findings in relation to experiences of child sexual abuse that occurred in the context of children’s homes and residential care in England and Wales.

Gershon K. Osei, Kevin M. Gorey - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study tested the hypothesis that group home size moderates peer influence-conduct problem relationships such that large homes with many residents are relatively risky places, while smaller homes with fewer residents are relatively protected places.

Kathomi Gatwiri, Lynne McPherson, Natalie Parmenter, Nadine Cameron, Darlene Rotumah - Trauma, Violence, & Abuse,

This article provides an overview of literature investigating the needs of Indigenous children in residential care facilities in Australia.

The International Forum for Volunteering in Development,

The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) has developed The Global Standard for Volunteering for Development (the Global Standard) to help organisations understand and deliver Responsible and Impactful Volunteering, and to encourage learning and continuous improvement in development projects involving volunteers. The Global Standard offers key actions and indicators for each of the four themes - Designing and Delivering Projects, Duty of Care, Managing Volunteers, and Measuring Impact - including several indicators related to orphanage volunteering.

Government of the United Kingdom,

On 18 October 2019, the UK Government updated its guidance on gap years and volunteering overseas to include an advisory on volunteering at and visiting orphanages abroad. 

María Dosil, Joana Jaureguizar, and Elena Bermaras - The Spanish Journal of Psychology,

This study had three goals: (1) To analyze the prevalence of dating violence in adolescents under residential care settings according to sex and age; (2) to explore the relationships between victimization and perpetration in adolescents’ dating violence, sexist attitudes and clinical variables; and (3) to identify variables associated to adolescents’ dating violence (victimization and perpetration).