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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Sarah Parry, Tracey Williams, Jeremy Oldfield - Health and Social Care in the Community,

The authors of this study sought to understand how experiences within the workforce could improve overall working conditions, and thus outcomes for staff and children.

UBS Optimus Foundation,

The conversation of this webinar focused on the root causes of why there are millions of children globally growing outside of families, and discussed some of the proven ways of strengthening families and communities to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the world’s most at risk and vulnerable children.

Emma Galvin, Renee O’Donnell, Rachel Breman, Julie Avery, Aya Mousa, Nick Halfpenny & Helen Skouteris - Australian Social Work ,

A systematic review was conducted to examine the effectiveness of interventions and practice models for improving health and psychosocial outcomes of young people in residential care and to identify relevant knowledge gaps.

Marzia Saglietti & Cristina Zucchermaglio - European Journal of Psychology of Education,

This paper analyzes the impact of adults’ interactive moves and strategies on children’s participation and agency at dinnertime in two Italian residential care facilities, one of the most widely used alternative care life-context for children and youth coming from vulnerable families.

S. L. Parry, T. Williams & C. Burbidge - Child & Youth Care Forum,

Using a novel multisystemic trauma-informed model of care with an embedded developmental monitoring index, the Restorative Parenting Recovery Programme, pilot data was collected from young people and care staff from four residential homes over a two-year period.

Tien Sy Pham, Haiying Qi, Dingxuan Chen, Huilin Chen, Fang Fan - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The authors of this study investigated the prevalence rates of childhood trauma, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms and suicidal behaviors among Vietnamese adolescents and compared the differences between institutionalized adolescents (IAs) and noninstitutionalized adolescents (NIAs). In addition, they examined the multidimensional associations between childhood trauma and psychopathology among IAs.

Greggory J. Cullen, Carolyn Yule, David Walters & William O’Grady - Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,

This article exploresthe extent to which general strain theory (GST) and self-control theory can explain the mental health outcomes of youth in-care.

Sai Kiran Pasupula, Madhavi Kodali, Therissa Benerji, Krishna Mohan Parvathaneni - Archives of Mental Health,

The aim of this article was to study and compare the depression and behavioral problems among children residing at welfare hostels and orphanages.

Rachna Mishra and Vanita Sondhi - Children and Youth Services Review,

This grounded theory study aimed to theorize pathways through which orphaned adolescents within institutional care navigate to achieve positive adaptation.

Izuka MO, Olatona FA, Adeniyi OF, Onajole AT - Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care,

This study was conducted to determine and compare the nutritional status of children living in orphanages and children living in the host communities in Nigeria.