Institutional care and poverty: evidence and policy review

Dr Roger Grimshaw, Rebecca Roberts, Paul Bebbington, Monica Dowling, Dr Courtney Hougham
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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.

More specific evidence was found in relation to imprisonment and to children who have been looked after in public care and these conclusions are summarised in Findings published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.