Context of residential care in the United Kingdom

A. Mainey, I.M. Milligan, A. Campbell, M. Colton, S. Roberts, D. Crimmens

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    Residential child care has changed significantly in recent decades. Across the
    United Kingdom, numerous inquiries and official reports into failings have
    informed both developments in residential care and public perceptions of the
    residential task. The scale of investigation is vast and recurrent: in 2002, 32 of
    the 43 police forces in England and Wales were conducting sex abuse inquiries
    at care homes and schools (Johnston 2002). As a result, residential child care
    has been constantly reviewed and various initiatives and structures put in place
    to ensure high-quality care is delivered for children. While obviously similar,
    specific incidents or needs have led to some unique developments in each of
    the four nations in the United Kingdom. This chapter outlines the context of
    current residential child care practice in each nation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFit for the future? Residential child care in the United Kingdom
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • residential child care
    • child care


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