Function, Quality and Outcomes of Residential Care: Rapid Evidence Review

Robert Porter, Fiona Mitchell, Miriana Giraldi

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In seeking to provide an overview of the existing research on residential care, this review addresses the following research questions: What is the function of residential care as part of a range of alternative care options? What facilitates ‘quality’ care in residential care? Taking account of it both in the relational interactions between children and their carers, and in how residential care is organised to facilitate high quality care for children. What effect does residential care have upon outcomes for children and young people? Methodology This review used Rapid Evidence Review Methodology based on the steps detailed in Khangura et al (2012), which aim to streamline the process of synthesising evidence for practical applications. The research questions and the protocol for the search, screening, and reviewing of relevant literature were devised in close consultation with a stakeholder group from SOS Children’s Villages.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustria
Commissioning bodySOS Children's Villages International
Number of pages66
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2021


  • residential care
  • quality care
  • residential care home


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