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The role of small-scale residential care for children in the transition from institutional- to community-based care and in the continuum of care in the Europe and Central Asia Region
The White Paper summarizes evidence on the current use and impact of small-scale residential care (also: ‘SSRC’) and offers guidance on how to enable all children to grow up in a loving and table family environment. It aims to promote better decision-making among policy-makers, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as child welfare and other, allied practitioners of the establishment. This paper also suggests that a child’s own positive experience as a beneficiary of care services must be paramount, that young people should have meaningful support when choosing the service they personally prefer from the continuum of care options and that specialized social service providers and other broader service providers should be able to deliver the option chosen by the child where they have the capacity and agency to do so.