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What happens during a period of residential care?

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/9781847426482.003.0007
What happens during a period of residential care?

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This chapter takes a closer look at individual children and what happens to them during a period of residential care, specifically in relation to problem behaviour or offending behaviour. The evidence draws on two sources: a one-year cohort study starting with all children resident or admitted to children's residential care in a one-month period in 2006 (a total of 46 children) and case studies of 16 children through an analysis of case file data (and follow-up on information gaps with care staff where necessary) during the summer of 2007. The cohort study was set up and based on existing data collected on the children within social care and cross-referenced with education and youth offending team staff. The case studies investigated in more depth the kind of behaviours presented at the level of the home (including offending behaviour); whether there was any evidence of a restorative justice approach being used with an individual and what impact, if any, it had; and, an overall assessment of key aspects of the current residential care episode on individual children.

Keywords: residential care; children; restorative justice; problem behaviour; offending behaviour; social care

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