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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Divya Mishra ,Paul B. Spiegel, Vasileia Lucero Digidiki, Peter J. Winch - PLoS Med,

This study examines how the interpretation of vulnerability by the national shelter system for male UAMs in Greece shapes their trajectories into adulthood.

Nina Kind, David Bürgin, Jörg M. Fegert, and Marc Schmid - International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,

This study investigated the association between resilience and burnout in a Swiss population of professional caregivers working in youth residential care.

Raymond V. Gutterswijk, Chris H. Z. Kuiper, Navisha Lautan, Elsemieke G. Kunst, Frank C. P.van der Horst, Geert Jan J. M. Stams, Children and Youth Services Review,

This multilevel meta-analysis compared the outcomes of Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Adolescents (TFCO-A) and home-based treatment programs (HBT) with residential youth care for children and youth aged 0 to 23 years.

Chris Desmond, Kathryn Watt, Anamika Saha, Jialin Huang, Chunling Lu - The Lancet,

The aim of this study was to estimate global-level, regional-level, and country-level numbers and percentages of children living in institutional care.

Charles H Zeanah and Kathryn L Humphreys - The Lancet,

This comment piece by Charles H Zeanah and Kathryn L Humphreys accompanies a study on the number of children in institutional care around the globe, entitled 'Prevalence and number of children living in institutional care: global, regional, and country estimates,' published in the Lancet in March 2020.

Ruth Taylor, Blandine Champagneur, and Frank Seidel - ReThink Orphanages European Hub,

Significant anecdotal evidence suggests that other countries across Europe also make a considerable contribution to the supply chain of people, money and resources that continue to sustain and foster the orphanage industry worldwide. This report seeks to map the contribution of the three countries in Europe with the largest volunteer travel markets: The United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Gerry Marshall, Karen Winter, & Danielle Turney - Child & Family Social Work,

This paper contributes to the growing body of work which argues that residential child care is a positive choice and that it has a key role to play in positive identity formation.

Pabasari Ginige, Anuradha Baminiwatta, Hasara Jayawardana - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The purpose of this study was to investigate the emotional and behavioral problems of children living in child care institutions (CCIs) in Kandy District, Sri Lanka, and to explore associated factors.

María Verónica Jimeno, Jose Miguel Latorre, María José Cantero - Journal of Interpersonal Violence,

In this study, autobiographical memory tests, working memory, and a depressive symptom assessment were administered to 48 adolescents in care with a history of maltreatment (22 abused and 26 neglected) without mental disorder, who had been removed from their family and were living in residential child care, and to 61 adolescents nonmaltreated who had never been placed in care.

David Foster - UK House of Commons Library,

This briefing provides information on two separate but related topics concerning looked after children in England: out of area and distant placements and unregulated and unregistered accommodation