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Children in care: the policy context

Carol Hayden and Dennis Gough

in Implementing restorative justice in children's residential care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426482
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426482.003.0002
Children in care: the policy context

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This chapter considers the particular setting in which restorative justice (RJ) as a response to conflict and offending behaviour was applied in the current research, focusing on children and young people in residential care. It examines the evolving policy context for children in care more broadly (as children move between different forms of care), connecting the circumstances of coming into care, or being in care, with the behaviours that might be addressed by using an RJ approach. The chapter first traces the origins of the care system and how this relates to poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion, and how this interconnects with conflict and offending behaviour. It also describes the concept of risk management in relation to these circumstances and behaviours, within the broader policy discourse about risk. It then presents evidence about a range of relevant ‘outcomes’ from the care experience. Finally, it outlines the contemporary focus on improving outcomes from care through the Care Matters White Paper, within the overall framework of Every Child Matters.

Keywords: restorative justice; residential care; children; young people; poverty; vulnerability; social exclusion; offending behaviour; conflict; risk management

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