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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Sharon G. Portwood, A. Suzanne Boyd & Kenesha Smith Barber - Residential Treatment for Children & Youth ,

In response to the continuing need for agencies providing residential care and treatment to children and youth to develop and/or to enhance their ability to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of their services, this article explores successful strategies for building and sustaining research capacity in these settings.

Anne Longfield - The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health,

In this commentary piece, Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, explores the use of children's care homes in England and the need for improved supports to prevent placement in children's home and to provide for the needs of children and young people who are placed in these homes.

Caroline Andow - International Journal of Educational Development,

Through the lens of institutional ethnography, this paper explores how experiences of education inside one Secure Children’s Home in England are shaped by the institution.

Suman Khadka and Buthdy Sem - UNICEF Cambodia,

This article from UNICEF Cambodia describes how UNICEF and its partners are responding to the needs of children in residential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

João M. S. Carvalho, Paulo Delgado, Carme Montserrat, Joan Llosada-Gistau & Ferran Casas - Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,

This study aims at comparing subjective well-being (SWB) of children in residential care and in foster families in two European territories or jurisdictions: Portugal and Catalonia (Spain).

David Murphy, Mary Oliver, Sanam Pourhabib, Michael Adkins, Jeremy Hodgen - British Educational Research Journal,

In this study, the authors interviewed social care practitioners including directors, senior and middle managers, frontline social workers, social worker‐academics and family support workers who work with vulnerable children to identify the issues and concerns held by social care workers about placing vulnerable children in boarding schools.

Stella P. Papamichail - Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience & Mental Health,

This article argues that Greece's use of closed-type institutions for child protection is violation of children’s rights and a practice of secondary victimization, stigmatization and exclusion of children living in these institutions.

Chloë Finet, Theodore E. A. Waters, Harriet J. Vermeer, Marinus H. Van IJzendoorn, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Guy Bosmans - Attachment & Human Development,

The current study examined the attachment development of 92 internationally adopted Chinese girls, focusing on the influence of type of pre-adoption care (institutional versus foster care) and sensitive adoptive parenting.

Changing the Way We Care,

Esta guía debe considerarse para: niños, niñas y adolescentes que actualmente viven en un entorno de protección residencial, lo cual incluye a aquellos que han sido colocados antes y después del inicio de la pandemia de COVID-19.

Changing the Way We Care,

This guidance should be considered for children who currently live in a residential setting, including those that have been placed in residential care before and after the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.