Labels that disable – meeting the complex needs of children in residential care

Janet Rich – independent child care consultant, August 2009

This paper is a practice based viewpoint grounded in the learning gained by the author from twenty years of delivering residential services to young people commonly regarded as ‘difficult to place’ or labelled as having ‘complex needs’. The main arguments presented are that residential care has a unique and valuable role to play in providing stable care and treatment options for some children and young people in care, especially those regarded as ‘complex’ and that it is often not the children themselves who are ‘difficult to place’, but the system which makes it difficult for children to sustain placements by placing them inappropriately. Finally there are questions that need to be answered about how we find the ‘best’ form of care and treatment for these ‘complex’ children.

These themes are addressed by looking at four questions:

  • What is the role of residential care?
  • How can residential care meet the needs of children with complex problems?
  • How do we measure outcomes for complex children in residential care?
  • What should the relationships be between mental health and residential care services to maximise benefits to young people?

Read on at Source: ep14-labels-that-disable-meeting-the-complex-needs-of-children-in-residential-care-janet-rich-pdf-430122925

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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