Views of young people in residential care survey: Responding to trauma and attachment needs in residential care

Children Children institutional care Child abuse Australia Queensland
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This paper aims to contribute to the task of evaluating Queensland’s efforts to cultivate trauma and attachment informed residential care environments.
This is achieved, firstly, by identifying broad therapeutic goals and core therapeutic tasks of trauma and attachment informed residential care based on an examination of the theoretical and research literature. The paper then considers evidence from a valuable contemporary source of information about the quality of therapeutic practice in Queensland residential care – the 2011 Views of Young People in Residential Care Survey.
This survey investigates young people’s observations and perceptions of the care environment and aspects of their personal wellbeing relevant to two core therapeutic tasks – building therapeutic caring relationships with young people and creating sanctuary in the care environment.

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