Programs for high needs children and young people: group homes are not enough

Ainsworth, Frank, and Hansen, Patricia (2008) Programs for high needs children and young people: group homes are not enough. Children Australia, 33 (2). pp. 41-47.

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Recently the Department of Community Services in New South Wales and the Department for Child Safety in Queensland have both released information about funding and the award of contracts for group homes and other residential services. In addition, in the 2008 discussion about out-of-home care at the Wood Commission of Inquiry into the Child Protection Services in New South Wales, group homes were discussed in terms of them being less demanding environments than foster care. The view presented was that group homes are appropriate for some young people who are either unsuitable for foster care or who want a less intimate setting than that provided by foster care. This article argues that group homes or residential programs, against the New South Wales and Queensland descriptions, fail to respond to the need for quality residential programs for children and youth. This is partly due to the low level of training for staff in group homes and high staff turnover.

Item ID: 6077
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1035-0772
Keywords: children/youth; residential services; young people; high needs; group homes; treatment programs
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2010 22:31
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940104 Carers Development and Welfare @ 100%
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