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Residential Child Care: Between Home and Family

Graham Connelly, Ian Milligan

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Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780460000
Published:
18 Oct 2012
Publisher:
Dunedin Academic Press
Dimensions:
110 pages - 216 x 138mm
Series:
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
Government statistics show that around 1,700 Scottish children and young people are in residential care at any one point in time. In addition several hundred others, including those with significant learning, physical and communication disabilities, receive regular periods of respite care in residential units. Residential child care has also been the focus of a considered amount of government policy-making. There have been changes in the average size and location of residential units, changes in staffing structures and repeated attempts to better train the workforce. Residential care has also been the focus of considerable regulation and scrutiny, much of it in response to scandals associated with abuse; both contemporary and 'historic'. Scotland's residential care services are strongly supported by central government policy and the government continues to play a major role, particularly for the most disadvantaged or 'troubled and troublesome' children. The sector is noteworthy in that Scotland does not have a separate juvenile justice 'detention' sector and it only has a tiny in-patient child and adolescent mental health service. Another notable characteristic of the Scottish children's homes sector is that a significant number remain under local authority control. Meanwhile there has been a steady decline in voluntary sector provision and a steady growth, from a low base, of private provision. This is the first dedicated study of the Scottish children's residential care sector. Throughout appropriate comparisons are made to parallel provision elsewhere in the UK and in Europe. The result is a text of great interest and utility to all those working, training to work or formulating practice and policy for the children's residential care sector in Scotland.
Series Editors' Introduction; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction 1. Residential Care: A Home Away From Home; 2. Residential Living: The Physical Environment; 3. Children's Stories and Children's Views; 4. Residential Care and Social Policy; 5. The Purpose and Function of Residential Child Care; 6. Daily Residential Practice in a Risk-Averse Environment; 7.Group Care for Children and the Emergence of Social Pedagogy; References; Index.
Dr Graham Connelly specialises in Residential Child Care at the Glasgow School of Social Work. Dr Ian Milligan teaches in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Strathclyde.

'If you are new to looked-after children's care or looking for policy directions you will learn how a well-ordered system could be structured. For the more experienced, this book gives many opportunities for reflection on the present and future for English children's homes. We are left asking whether the current government reform agenda is thorough or yet another tweak.' Children & Young People Now

'The book certainly meets its main aim of providing an overview of residential care in
Scotland. There is a clear desire for readers to understand their subject and the structure of the book enables this. For students and those new to working with young people in residential care, this is an engaging introductory text. It may also offer a new perspective for people working in residential childcare settings outside of Scotland or for practitioners whose work with looked after children usually involves adoption, fostering or kinship care.' Adoption and Fostering

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