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Literature Review on the Outcomes for Survivors of Child Maltreatment in Residential Care or Birth Families

Carr, Alan; Duff, Hollie and Craddock, Fiona – December 2017

Professor Carr has provided the Inquiry with a Report, a Literature Review on the outcomes for survivors of child maltreatment in residential care or birth families.

The Report summarises relevant academic literature in three areas:

  1. Life outcomes for individuals who experienced child maltreatment while living with their birth families.
  2. The issue of ‘structural neglect’ in care institutions which care for large groups of children where those institutions had inadequate and unstable staffing and limited physical resources.
  3. Life outcomes for individuals who were abused as children while in long-term residential care. 

Professor Carr’s Report identified relevant, high-quality, peer-reviewed literature on these subjects, particularly prior systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The material has been systematically assessed to ensure that only relevant work of suitable quality is included.