Close enough? Professional closeness and safe caring

Andrew Kendrick, Mark Smith

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In countries around the world, residential child care has been rocked by scandals of abuse of children and young people by the people who were supposed to be caring for them. In the UK, in particular, the reaction to these revelations has been to implement a raft of measures that seek to ensure that nothing of the same nature or scale might happen again. However, there can be tensions between the implementation of such measures and the developmental and emotional needs of children and young people in residential care. In this paper, we outline recent policy and legislative developments and address some of the issues which we see as important in attempting to strike a balance between safe caring and quality caring, between professional closeness and abusive practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-54
Number of pages9
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2002


  • residential child care
  • social work
  • foster care


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