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Reimagining residential children's homes: Evidence Review

Published: 06/12/2021

Author: Research in Practice

A series of think pieces explore key issues identified by strategic leaders, policy-makers and practitioners to reimagine residential children’s homes.

Together they form an Evidence Review that provides insights into current debates, research findings, practice developments and user experiences to inform the development of the residential children’s care sector.

Because the rate of change is particularly fast paced in this area of work, each one has been released separately in order to be as responsive as possible.

Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone think piece, as well as being read alongside other chapters. Evidence Review chapters include:

The insights will be of particular interest to strategic leaders, commissioners and decision-makers in children’s social care.

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Understanding the national picture – chapter one

This think piece provides a broad overview of residential children’s homes. It highlights key evidence and data, discusses established and developing trends, and provides a broad outline of the major challenges involved alongside those facing the sector as a whole.

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Understanding the national picture

Chapter one: This think piece provides a broad overview of residential children’s homes and highlights current challenges facing the sector as a whole.
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Commissioning children's homes: Potential improvements and reforms – chapter two

This think piece discusses options for improvement and reform in the commissioning and financing of the nation’s residential children’s care homes, all of which are commissioned and procured by local authorities. It sets out why the area of children’s homes are unsustainable in its current form and offers explanations, together with solutions and options for reform.

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Commissioning children's homes: Potential improvements and reforms

Chapter two: This think piece sets out why the area of children’s homes are unsustainable in its current form. Offering explanations, together with solutions and options for reform.
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Placement decision-making – chapter three

This think piece considers practice and procedures around placement decision-making in children’s residential care. Drawing on the available evidence, the author seeks to look beyond residential care as an option of ‘last resort’ and consider it as a placement of choice for some children. It highlights the importance of listening to children and young people’s own views about their care options.

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Placement decision-making

Chapter three: This think piece explores decisions, processes and key challenges for those involved in decision making for children either living in residential care, or for whom residential care is being considered.
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A fresh look at regulation – chapter four

This think piece sets out to take a fresh look at the regulatory framework that governs children’s residential social care. It reflects on where we are now and where conceivably we could be if we were to re-imagine how the regulatory system is framed and operates. In particular, how should regulation be framed if it were to focus on the conditions that best support relationship-practice and optimal outcomes for children and young people in residential care placements?

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A fresh look at regulation

Chapter four: This think piece explores the regulatory framework that governs children's residential social care and invites sector leaders to consider their role in re-imagining the regulatory landscape.
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Residential care for adolescents. Right place, right time? – chapter five

This think piece considers the role and purpose of residential care and the strength of the evidence to inform decisions about when, and whether, placing a young person in a children’s home might be the ‘right placement’. It explores examples of emerging good practice, drawing on recent developments in England, as well as the international evidence. The focus is on residential placements for adolescents and specialist residential placements for disabled children.

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Residential care for adolescents. Right place, right time?

Chapter five: This think piece considers the role and purpose of residential care and the strength of the evidence to inform decisions about when, and whether, placing a young person in a children’s home might be the ‘right placement’.
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