Understanding Residential Child Care

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Ashgate, 1999 - Business & Economics - 139 pages
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Understanding Residential Child Care has been written against the background of a crisis of confidence in residential child care. The system is often seen as facing perpetual problems of abuse, lack of control and crime. This book seeks to both understand and respond to this challenging situation. The book concludes with a chapter suggesting a way forward for residential child care. The core concept explored and applied throughout the book is that of empowerment. It is suggested that this concept can act as an organising framework for re-casting residential child care in a positive manner, so that a quality environment can be provided which can effectively protect and promote the best interests of the child.

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A history of residential child care
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About the author (1999)

Mike Stein is a research professor in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York. He has researched the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving care for 25 years. He contributed to guidance and training materials on leaving care for the Children Act 1989 and the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. He has published extensively in the field and has been consulted by government, local authorities and voluntary organizations on the development of leaving care services in the UK and internationally.

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