Running Away from Residential Care – the Finnish Case
Susanna Hoikkala, Central Union for Child Welfare
Martti Kemppainen, Central Union for Child Welfare
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Concepts → Symposium A1
Mittwoch, 9. Oktober 2013
09.00 - 10.30
This presentation will focus on the findings of a survey concerning unwarranted escapes and running away from residential care. The survey was carried out in Finland a year ago and it highlights the multidimensional nature of the topic. The findings demonstrate, for instance, that 1) reasons for and consequences of running away are diverse, 2) implementation of more inclusive and uniform practices as well as better cooperation between authorities are needed, and 3) the importance of child’s peer relations should be taken more seriously within residential care services. In this presentation, we will expand and discuss these findings by posing the following critical question: is there a case for child welfare if it fails to settle a child and safeguard his/her wellbeing and health during an out-of-home placement?