Journal Article

Management, Leadership and Resources in Children's Homes: What Influences Outcomes in Residential Child-Care Settings?

Leslie Hicks, Ian Gibbs, Helen Weatherly and Sarah Byford

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 5, pages 828-845
Published in print July 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn013
Management, Leadership and Resources in Children's Homes: What Influences Outcomes in Residential Child-Care Settings?

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This article provides an overview of research, originally funded by the Department of Health, about the internal management and use of resources in residential child care. It explores ways in which children's homes are managed and leadership is established and the relationship of these to their use of resources and the outcomes for young people in their care. The paper examines variations in the functioning of a sample of 45 non-specialist children's homes drawn from local authority and independent sectors in England. Utilising both qualitative and quantitative analyses including an economics component, the functional relationships of structures, processes, resources and service user outcomes are investigated. The results of multi-level modelling analysis, used to draw together the different strands of the research, are discussed. Main findings indicate that the influence which the process of providing care has on the kind of outcomes experienced by young people is of paramount importance. The paper relates findings to areas for development in practice and its management, specifically in terms of training and policy arenas.

Keywords: Residential child care; leadership and management; social care outcomes; economic evaluation; multi-level modelling

Journal Article.  7079 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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