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”

Landmark moment as the UN calls for the end of orphanages – Hope and Homes for Children. Today, (18th December 2019) for the first time ever, all 193 member states of the United Nations have formally recognised that orphanages don’t protect children, they harm them, and have called for the progressive elimination of institutional careContinue reading

The orphanage industry: Flourishing when it should be dying

This article delves into the phenomenon of orphanage tourism and how it is tearing families apart. Abstract: Deinstitutionalisation of alternative care systems is a major challenge in many countries of Africa and Asia in particular, where care provision is essentially left in the hands of non-State actors and overwhelmingly takes the form of large residentialContinue reading “The orphanage industry: Flourishing when it should be dying”