A European survey of the number and characteristics of children less than three years old in residential care at risk of harm

Kevin Browne, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, Rebecca Johnson, Shihning Chou, Mikael Ostergren

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Abstract

Research evidence increasingly suggests that young children in residential care without parents are at risk of harm in terms of attachment disorder, developmental delay and normal brain development. This damage caused by early privation of parenting has been shown to have long-term consequences. Kevin Browne and colleagues* report on a survey of 33 European countries that was conducted to identify the number and characteristics of children aged less than three years placed in residential care without their parents for more than three months during the year ending 31 December 2003. Ministries of Health in Europe were asked for official data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-33
JournalAdoption & Fostering
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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