Children in institutions

I. Kolvin

British Journal of Psychiatry 1995; 167:8-11

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I. Kolvin, "Children in institutions", British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 167, pp. 8-11, (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1995).


Over the last decade, seriously substandard conditions of physical, psychological and social service care have been reported of children living in institutions. It has not been difficult for the media to highlight the consequences of such incarceration of children in Romania and also on the Greek island of Leros. In some cases, such institutionalisation had been regarded as a necessary provision: for some homeless, difficult children it comprised a more humane upbringing than they would otherwise have received; in other cases, children were thought to need institutional care and management because of physical and/or mental handicap, and/or disturbed behaviour.

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