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Social Work: Research


RESME: On the Borders Between Residential Child Care and Mental Health Treatment

This is a European project involving six countries funded through the ERASMUS Lifelong Learning stream. Its aim is to improve the welfare and mental health of children who live in residential settings. The project involves researching the current system of residential child care and mental health services and practitioners’ professional competences across each of the partner countires. The research aims to identify the multi-professional work practices on the borderline between child care work and mental health treatment. The research results are to be used in designing and piloting a continuing educational course for practitioners in child welfare services. With a view to improving multi-professional collaboration between professionals working on the borders of these systems, residential child care and mental health services.

Project partners: Turku University of Applied Sciences (coordinator) University of Oviedo, Hamburg University of applied Sciences, Mykolas Romeris University, VIA University College, University of Edinburgh, Kibble Education and Care Centre.

Dr Mark Smith is the Scottish Lead on the project, with Dr Denise Carroll, based at Kibble, and Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh as Co-Investigators.