Large institutional care is not included on the continuum of care and is not considered a viable long-term option for any child. This type of institutional care generally provides care for large numbers of children with caregivers working in shifts. Too often, this type of care is separated from the community and usually lacks appropriate therapeutic treatment for children. Large institutional care can damage a child’s ability to form stable relationships, puts them at risk for abuse, and negatively impacts the ease with which they can reintegrate into the community at a later age. Global policy in many countries restricts its use, especially for children three years old and younger. For these reasons, there is a growing movement around the world to support the transition from reliance on formal residential care to greater investment in family-based care.


Children in Institutions: The Risks

The Risk of Harm to Young Children in Institutional Care

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