chapter  4
Living in a children’s home
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The kids home in Manchester, the manager she was alright. She treated all the kids as her own and I still go to see her.

(Zac, in care 1990s and 2000s)

There is little doubt that the small percentage of children and young people who currently live in children’s homes in England and Wales face issues and challenges that are particular both to the residential environment and the workings of the care system within which they are looked after. Such issues and challenges involve a number of factors, including the impact of individual experiences prior to entering care, the dynamic of the particular resident group, how staff interact with the young people and the operation of individual children’s homes, the response of social services professionals and care home staff to challenging behaviour, and the overall status of the residential care sector. The race and gender of the young people are also pertinent factors.