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Institutional care and poverty: evidence and policy review

GRIMSHAW Roger, et al
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
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Reports on the findings of an international evidence and policy review of 'institutional care' and poverty, in order to identify effective and costed strategies for reducing the risks in the four countries of the UK. The review conducted Internet searches on a range of sources, issued a call for evidence and also carried searches in Proquest Platform and World of Science. Over 500 studies drawn from North America, Europe, and Australasia, and the UK were identified. The findings are discussed separately for each of the five institutional care settings: prisons; immigration detention centres; mental health placements including psychiatric secure hospitals and centres; placements for children being looked after including homes, residential schools and units for children; and placements for people with disabilities. The final chapter draws together general findings and themes and also puts forward a strategic approach to reducing poverty for looked after children and for prisoners within the context of social justice. General recommendations from the review also include: the need for a strategic vision for institutional care which identifies risks and seeks to address them; employment, adequate social security and welfare provision, and the need to collect more data on the outcomes of care. (Original abstract)

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