Interventions with Children in Residential Care

Improving Residential Childcare Practice: Nurturance Care; Attachment, Separation and Loss; Narrative Therapy; Family Reunification; Life Story Work


In this section, our aim is to build knowledge and practice skills for working with children in residential care. We begin by highlighting important commitments to improving residential care and family-based alternatives that Caribbean governments have signed up to. We describe the current state of residential care services for children in the Caribbean, articulate what is meant by good quality care and provide practice examples which can be easily replicated. We acknowledge that residential child care in the Caribbean faces many challenges (Lim Ah Ken 2007; Sogren and Jones 2015), and we have been careful to ensure that the practices we describe can be implemented within current constraints while at the same time contribute to improving children’s quality of life. This is a book about child sexual abuse, and in this section we focus on the sexualised behaviours presented by Anton and Oriana, siblings living in a children’s home and our fourth case study. We look at the underlying factors that have contributed to their behaviour and how caregivers and therapists should respond. We then discuss what these overall factors signify for residential child-care practice in general and suggest a model of nurturance care that can be adopted with relative ease by residential facilities in the Caribbean.


Sexual Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Residential Care Life Story Child Welfare System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.Florencena ConsultingBridgetownBarbados
  3. 3.Sweet Water FoundationGrenadaGrenada
  4. 4.The Alpine ProjectLa RomaineTrinidad and Tobago

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