The impact of residential placement on child development: research and policy implications

Ronald Thompson and Michael Little – 2005, International Journal of Social Welfare

“This paper does not attempt to rigorously review the existing knowledge base. This has been done elsewhere (Bullock, Little, & Millham, 1993; Curry, 1991; James K Whittaker, 2004). Instead, we have these objectives: first to summarize what is known about child development in the context of residential settings; second, to indicate areas where our knowledge is incomplete and why our knowledge is limited; third to suggest how the knowledge base should be expanded if the provision of residential care is to have a substantive role in improving child development; fourth to give a brief analysis of the public policy implications of the arguments made and to examine what must happen for the knowledge base to expand.”

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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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