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Why bigger is often better in children’s residential care

Children coming into residential care are often unable to sustain the intensity of living in a small family unit. Larger homes can offer more opportunities to address the emotional, behavioural, social and developmental needs of every child, supporting their psychological wellbeing until they are able to move successfully into a family environment.

Making a house into a home

The National House Project works with councils to support young people in care to move into their own homes. Jo Stephenson spoke to staff and participants to find out how it works and the difference it makes.

Residential Care: Special Report

As local authorities predict a surge in demand for residential care as a result of the pandemic, CYP Now’s special report looks at policy developments, latest academic research and examples of innovative practice.

Residential Care: Policy context

Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges for children’s social care services, and this is particularly so for residential child care.

Residential care research evidence

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
After 48 years of involvement in residential child care, this year has seen me taking some time to reflect on where residential child care is now and where it might be going. One aspect of reflection has been regarding knowledge and knowledge production.

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

Sibling relationships in the care system

Children’s services and courts face serious challenges when making care plans or permanence orders for siblings, writes Dr John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at CoramBAAF.

Therapeutic Care: Special Report

With rises in children coming into care and reporting mental health problems, policymakers and service providers are developing therapeutic care and support across a range of settings to help young people.