First published in 1999, the overall aim of the book is to provide a comprehensive critical guide to the theory and practice of residential care. This is achieved by analysing the history and development of residential child care, examining the current legislative framework and analysing research. The volume 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.
Understanding Residential Child Care commences by providing historical and theoretical perspectives. Having provided this analysis the authors move on to examine the empowerment of young people, the framework provided by the Children Act, the role of the manager, the importance of supporting and supervising staff, abuse in care and the experience of leaving care.
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.
Table of Contents
1. A History of Residential Child Care. 2. Theoretical approaches to Residential Child Care. 3. Empowering Children and Young People. 4. The Children Act 1989 and Residential Child Care. 5. The Management Task in Residential Child Care. 6. Supporting and Supervising Staff. 7. The Abuses and Uses of Residential Child Care. 8. Leaving Residential Care. 9. A Future for Residential Child Care?
Nick Frost, University of Leeds, UK Sue Mills, Wakefield Community and Social Service Department, UK Mike Stein, University of Leeds, UK
’This is an important book which, by locating a political and theoretical perspective alongside practice, fills a gap in the current literature on residential childcare...stimulating and optimistic, resulting in an accessible book which should be essential reading to all those interested in residential childcare.’ British Journal of Social Work