A Good Practice Guide: Deinstitutionalising and Transforming Children’s Services

An abandoned teddy bear sits in a wooden cubby hole in a dingy room

Publication details

Author(s): Georgette Mulheir (Hope and Homes for Children), Professor Kevin Browne (University of Liverpool)
Date: May 2016
Themes: Deinstitutionalisation, Europe

Research and practice over sixty years demonstrates the harmful effects of institutionalisation upon children. The purpose of this document is to assist policy makers, practitioners and other concerned individuals to transform systems of institutional care into those based on family and community support.  

The guidance in this manual is based on current best practices in deinstitutionalising children from residential care, identified from the experience of childcare professionals across the European region. The manual attempts to alert the reader to some of the challenges and obstacles and offers advice and practical methods for addressing them. It considers the process of de-institutionalisation in its entire complexity.