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Background to the research

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/9781847426482.003.0003
Background to the research

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This chapter describes the situation in residential care in the case study of the local authority in the United Kingdom at the time of the field research, reflecting on the changes observed since research was undertaken in the same local authority in the mid-1990s. It considers comments made by care staff during the course of this field research, along with documentary evidence and observation. Other research has tracked the changes in the residential care environment by revisiting children's care homes. This can be a useful way of identifying how policy and practice influences the everyday living environment of children in residential care. After explaining the nature and context of children's residential care in this local authority, the chapter outlines the approach taken in the research and the range of data collected in the research. It also tackles issues related to the education of children in care, their health and wellbeing and behaviour management. Finally, it examines the decision to introduce a restorative justice approach into residential care in the local authority.

Keywords: United Kingdom; residential care; local authority; children; care homes; restorative justice; education; health; wellbeing; behaviour management

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