‘Nothing works’ in secure residential youth care?

Fleur Souverein 2013, Children and Youth Services Review


“A debate about the effectiveness of secure residential youth care is currently going on. While some continue tosupport secure residential youth care, others conclude that ‘ nothing works ’ in secure residential youth care,and argue that non-residential treatment is superior to secure residential treatment. This article reviews recent research on this topic. The conclusion is that evidence for the effectiveness of non-residential treatment for youth with severe behavioural problems and/or criminal behaviour is sparse if considered as an alternative for secure residential youth care. Secure residential treatment shows a modest, but positive effect. We need to over-haul the myth that ‘ nothing works ’ in secure residential youth care, and focus on how to optimise the effects of secure residential youth care”

Fleur Souverein – Academia.edu Source: (PDF) ‘Nothing works’ in secure residential youth care? | Fleur Souverein – Academia.edu

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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