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Trends and policy directions

Mark Smith

in Rethinking residential child care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349088.003.0004
Trends and policy directions

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1997 witnessed a change of government from Conservative to New Labour. The new government quickly put children at the top of its policy agenda. For children in care, this signalled a shift in emphasis away from a primary focus on protection and towards improving outcomes across a range of measures. In practice, however, anxiety over child protection ensures that it remains a dominant concern both in residential child care and for children and family-services more generally. This chapter identifies some current trends and policy directions in residential child care in Britain. It examines the possible reasons why few inroads have been made in effecting meaningful change. The chapter also discusses the siting and size of care homes, the growth of secure accommodation, the ‘modernisation’ of residential child care, Every Child Matters and Getting it Right for Every Child, Care Matters and We Can and Must Do Better, the education of children in care, health outcomes for children in care, and the effects of poverty and inequality on children in care and their families.

Keywords: Britain; residential child care; care homes; secure accommodation; modernisation; education; health; poverty; policy directions

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