Therapeutic residential care: A necessary option for foster youth with greater needs

The tide of opinion in the U.S. child welfare arena has been turning against institutional settings for foster youth for some time. A spate of reports of child abuse and improper disciplinary techniques in residential facilities for young people has intensified calls for the elimination of residential care as an option for foster youth. ButContinue reading “Therapeutic residential care: A necessary option for foster youth with greater needs”

Unlocking the Facts: Young people referred to Secure Children’s Homes

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has published a report Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children’s homes. The report, using DfE data and research conducted by CASCADE Cardiff University, builds a clearer image of the lives of young people referred to secure children’s homes and the differences between those offered aContinue reading “Unlocking the Facts: Young people referred to Secure Children’s Homes”

Rupture, repair & building resilience in residential care

Residential care is not somewhere kids should have to live. All children deserve a safe home with adults who care about them. Unfortunately, there are lots of kids who end up living in residential care with paid carers rostered to come into the unit and look after them. However, for one 11-year-old that we’ve beenContinue reading “Rupture, repair & building resilience in residential care”

We need to stop our children being monetised

From Bernadette Meaden’s Blog In September 2020 the Children’s Commissioner reported: “local authorities can pay extortionate amounts for residential care – usually more than £4,000 a week, with local authorities reporting that the costs of such placements are rising sharply.” When children are 16 or older they may go into ‘unregulated accommodation’, where they receiveContinue reading “We need to stop our children being monetised”

Residential child care – is it really necessary?

An extensive discussion thread started in 2010 by Charles Sharpe I’ve always thought that there are particular children and young people with difficulties for whom residential group care is a better option than foster care. A few among a number of “for instances” immediately spring to mind. Some children who are experiencing family difficulties andContinue reading “Residential child care – is it really necessary?”

Evaluation of pilot of partnership agreement for responding to missing young people

CELCIS has published Just out having a good time, an evaluation of the pilot project: Looked After Children Who Go Missing from Residential and Foster Care in Scotland – a National Partnership Agreement. Young people in residential and foster care are often reported missing when, in fact, they have chosen to stay out later thanContinue reading “Evaluation of pilot of partnership agreement for responding to missing young people”