An exploration of the differential usage of residential childcare across national boundaries

Frank Ainsworth and June Thorburn, 2014, International Journal of Social Welfare The use of residential placements for children needing out-of-home care remains controversial. This article considers the discourse of ‘residential’ and ‘institutional’ care before describing, mainly through administrative data sources, the wide variations in group-care usage in different jurisdictions. In some countries, its use isContinue reading “An exploration of the differential usage of residential childcare across national boundaries”

Congregate Care, Residential Treatment and Group Home, State Legislative Enactments 2014-2019

10/30/2020 Just over 400,000 American children live in foster care, and some 55,000 reside in group homes, residential treatment facilities, psychiatric institutions and emergency shelters. This type of placement—called “congregate care”—may be beneficial for children who require short-term supervision and structure because their behavior may be dangerous. However, many officials believe that children who don’t needContinue reading “Congregate Care, Residential Treatment and Group Home, State Legislative Enactments 2014-2019”

Residentialism

Residentialism, 29th June 2020, Jonathan Stanley, NCERCC and Residential Forum member Whatever ‘residentialism’ is, it is too important not to be stated as a means of starting its creation. Residentialism does not see itself as right or that group living is superior or supplants any other option for young people in care yet it assertsContinue reading “Residentialism”

Working in group care – Social work and social care in residential and day care settings, by Adrian Ward

Source: Policy Press | Working in group care – Social work and social care in residential and day care settings, By Adrian Ward Working in group care (i.e. residential and day services) is a challenging and complex task, demanding great skill, patience, knowledge and understanding. This book explains how best practice can be achieved throughContinue reading “Working in group care – Social work and social care in residential and day care settings, by Adrian Ward”

Could self-management work in care homes? A fully scalable self-managing approach to care homes would perhaps look something like this: Small, ‘home-sized’ care homes or using a household model, with teams recruited who had the skills and aptitude to self-manage, sharing responsibility rather than leaning on a traditional management structure. Those small, largely autonomous businessesContinue reading

Thinking about relationships in group care

Christopher Beedell (in 1970) To ‘achieve a way of living for a group of individuals’: Clare Winnicott (1964) uses this simple phrase towards the end of a short but intensely relevant discussion of the aims of residential care in small group homes. She begins by stating the worker’s responsibility to provide ‘real experiences of goodContinue reading “Thinking about relationships in group care”