The experiences of children and young people with complex needs being cared for away from home: a cross-border study

K. Stalker, C. MacDonald, R. Phillips, J. Carpenter

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This paper reports some key findings from a two year study, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which focused on children with complex needs being cared for away from home for one month or longer. Morris (1995), in a review of policy and research concerning disabled children living away from their families, concluded that these young people experienced 'patterns of care which would never be tolerated for non-disabled children' (Morris, 1995, p.89). She suggested that a major barrier to meeting these children's needs lies in the hidden nature of their experiences, with little information available about who they are and what their lives are like.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
Number of pages12
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • childcare
  • childrens' rights
  • special needs

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