Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World - Global Perspectives
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Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World

Global Perspectives

Tuhinul Islam, PhD and Leon Fulcher, PhD - editors

ISBN 978-1-928212-20-1 (ebook) / 978-1-928212-21-8 (Paperback)
Published: 2016
Pages: 337

This volume will unsettle the beliefs of legal, policy and rights advocates who think residential care has no place in the continuum of services for children and youths. No attempt is made to diminish harms served up to generations of children in the name of residential care, education, and treatment. That history is exposed as part of a Western colonial history involving the servitude of children, highlighting local practices that are nothing short of life-saving.

– Emeritus Professor Gale Burford, University of Vermont


This collection offers a cross-cultural exploration of critical aspects in the residential care of children and young people, illustrated by narratives from countries that rarely feature in the Western literature. Probing beyond contemporary discourses, a deeper investigation is offered into what integrative services in diverse contexts might look like. Instead of focusing on whether or not residential care is desirable, it examines the notion of quality care in developing countries and poses questions about how non-Western policy and practice perspectives may offer more fruitful outcomes for young people than have been considered previously.

– Dr Rika Swanzen, Associate Professor, Child & Youth Development, Monash South Africa

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