Positive leadership and management in residential child care: what do these involve and how do we bring them about?

This short article reports on an interview with Graham McPheat, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Strathclyde.

Drawing on his experience as a children’s homes manager and educator, Graham offers a starting point for debates about the nature of leadership and management in children’s homes, and ways of bringing about best practice.Graham considers aspects of the ‘leadership toolkit’ by thinking mainly about the distinctions between leadership and management, ways of establishing leadership approaches in children’s homes and the concepts of ‘learning organisation’ and ‘managing risk’.


Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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