residential child care

The Kinship Care Practice Project

The Kinship Care Practice Project conducts research, develops training materials, and provides educational opportunities to ensure safety, well-being, and permanent homes for children through collaborative work with extended families. This website provides the Curriculum Materials, which are intended to prepare child welfare caseworkers to engage family members of children in the custody of the child welfare system in development of a permanent plan for the child.

NRCCI : ministerial response - Adam Ingram

Podcast of a talk by Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, given at the National Residential Child Care Initiative Launch Event, "Higher aspirations, brighter futures", Edinburgh Hilton, 02/12/2009.

Institutions vs. foster homes : the empirical base for a century of action

Paper assessing the relative merits and demerits of institutional care and foster care through considering four components of service outcomes: the safety and well-being of children while in care, permanence/re-entry from care, long-term success of children in out of home care and the costs of out of home care.

Working with challenging and disruptive situations in residential child care: Sharing effective practice. Children's and Families' Services Knowledge Review 22

The children’s residential care sector across the UK has changed markedly over the past two decades and more. One impact of these changes has been a greatly reduced residential sector, with the proportion of looked-after children who are placed in residential care declining over this period.

An introduction to residential child care

This resource provides an interactive pathway through key introductory aspects of residential child care. Three short case studies are included and children's legislation and rights are examined.

Developing the market for welfare beds in secured children's homes

Report assessing the market for welfare beds in secure children's homes, identifying key market characteristics, highlighting the key demand and supply trends together with their underlying drivers, positing potential future scenarios and suggesting some policy options.

Meeting the needs of children in residential child care

This resource explores the needs children in residential child care may have and then offers a range of practical activities for use with children. Examples of young people's concerns are featured and how to achieve the outcomes set out in Every Child Matters is considered.

Independent inquiry into abuse at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit

Report of the Inquiry into the cases of abuse which occurred at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit over a number of years. The report details the Inquiry's findings and lists its recommendations for better residential child care practices and procedures.

Protection of children and young people in residential care

A Care Commission publication which reviews practice in residential care services for young people, concerning protecting children, planning for their care and using physical restraint.

Looked-after children and young people

The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to produce joint guidance on improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people. The guidance is for all those who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, promoting the quality of life of looked-after children and young people.