Institutional care and poverty: evidence and policy review

Document type
Literature review
Grimshaw, Roger; Roberts, Rebecca; Bebbington, Paul
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Date of publication
26 August 2014
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Offenders, Disabled people, Mental health services, Minority Groups, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This review, sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examined international evidence about the links between institutional care and poverty in order to identify strategies for reducing the risks in the four countries of the UK. Five institutional care settings were covered: prisons; immigration detention centres; mental health placements including psychiatric secure hospitals and centres; placements for children being looked after including homes, residential schools and units for children; and placements for people with disabilities. In an increasingly globalised world the task of collating international evidence becomes more important and the review focused on more than 500 studies drawn from North America, Europe, and Australasia, in addition to the UK.

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