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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Heine Steinkopf, Dag Nordanger, Brynjulf Stige & Anne Marita Milde - Child & Youth Services ,

Trauma informed care (TIC) emphasizes the importance of professionals maintaining an emotionally regulated state. For this article, the authors interviewed eight staff members in a residential care unit for children and adolescents where TIC had been implemented, about situations wherein they experienced difficulty regulating their own emotions.

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.

Steven Roche, Catherine Flynn, Philip Mendes - Child & Family Social Work,

Drawing on 50 qualitative interviews with children and young people currently or previously living in residential care, as well as a range of social workers and programme staff, this study identifies the highly relational lives of children and young people who cite extensive and close relationships with residential care staff, peers and family.

United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty in Cambodia,

This is a recording of the National Launch of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty in Cambodia, conducted on 22 April 2021.

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.

Rebecca Nhep, Better Care Network; Dr Kate van Doore, Law Futures Centre & Griffith Law School,

This study explores the effect of COVID-19 on a small number of privately run and funded residential care institutions by conducting a qualitative research study comprising 21 semi-structured interviews across seven focus countries.

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.

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.