Management, leadership and resources in children’s homes: what influences outcomes in residential child-care settings?

Hicks, Leslie and Gibbs, Ian and Weatherly, Helen and Byford, Sarah (2009) Management, leadership and resources in children’s homes: what influences outcomes in residential child-care settings? The British Journal of Social Work, 39 (5). pp. 828-845. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of research, originally funded by the Department of Health, about the internal management and use of resources in residential child care. It explores ways in which children’s homes are managed and leadership is established and the relationship of these to their use of resources and the outcomes for young people
in their care. The paper examines variations in the functioning of a sample of 45 nonspecialist children’s homes drawn from local authority and independent sectors in
England. Utilising both qualitative and quantitative analyses including an economics component, the functional relationships of structures, processes, resources and service user outcomes are investigated. The results of multi-level modelling analysis, used to draw together the different strands of the research, are discussed. Main findings indicate that the influence which the process of providing care has on the kind of outcomes experienced
by young people is of paramount importance. The paper relates findings to areas for development in practice and its management, specifically in terms of training and policy arenas.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Residential child care, leadership and management, social care outcomes
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
L Social studies > L520 Child Care
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:4856
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:13 Jan 2012 21:35
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 18:39

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