What's the use of residential childcare? Findings of two studies detailing current trends in the use of residential childcare in Scotland

G.A. McPheat, I.M. Milligan, L. Hunter

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    Aimed to get data that would provide more detailed information - than is available in annual LAC statistics - about trends in the use of residential care. Found that a significant number of primary aged children are being accommodated in mainstream units, often moving between foster and residential care. There is also evidence of a high number of very short placements, particularly for younger children. Consequently some units experience a mix of short-and long-term placements as well as a wide age range of residents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-25
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Children's Services
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • child care
    • residential care
    • children
    • social care
    • social work

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