Close enough? professional closeness and safe caring

Andrew Kendrick, Mark Smith

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    Abstract

    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 pages8
    JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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