Residential Child Care

Between Home and Family (Practice & Policy in Health and Social Care, 17)

By Graham Connelly, Ian Milligan

In Scotland, government statistics show about 1,700 Scottish children and young people are in residential care at any given point in time. In addition, several hundred others - including those with significant learning, physical, and communication disabilities - receive regular periods of respite care in residential units. Residential child care has also been the focus of a considerable amount of government policy making. There have been changes in the average size and location of residential units, changes in staffing structures, and repeated attempts to train the workforce better. Residential care has also been the focus of considerable regulation and scrutiny, much of it in response to scandals associated with abuse. Scotland's residential care services are strongly supported by central government policy and the government continues to play a major role, particularly for the most disadvantaged children. The sector is noteworthy in that Scotland does not have a separate juvenile justice 'detention' sector, and it only has a tiny in-patient child and adolescent mental health service. Another notable characteristic of the children's homes sector is that a significant number remain under local authority control. Meanwhile, there has been a steady decline in the voluntary sector provision. This is the first dedicated study of the Scottish children's residential care sector. Appropriate comparisons are made to parallel provision elsewhere in the UK and in Europe. The result is a book of great interest and utility to all those working, training, or formulating practice and policy for the children's residential care sector. (Series: Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care - No. 17)

136 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780460000