Facing Forward: Residential Child Care in the 21st Century (BOK)
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How can residential child care - in children's homes and all kinds of residential schools, for short or long periods - change from 'last resort' to a 'positive choice' for young people? Designed to stimulate thinking and debate about the necessary, purposeful and positive possibilities of group care for those who can no longer live at home, this book is organised around their rights...to care as well as within care. Building on messages from Positive Residential Practice (RHP 2000), it provides resources for investigating key aspects of theory and practice. It covers: the policy context; difference and diversity; the voice of children and young people; improving educational attainment; and the dismal state of the secure estate. A section on group care theory and practice explores how staff, under pressure to be 'in control', may miss the significance of the support that young people can offer each other; and advises how staff can recognise the positive possibilities of the 'group' in group care.