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(p. 77) Residential Management as Treatment for Difficult Children 

(p. 77) Residential Management as Treatment for Difficult Children
(p. 77) Residential Management as Treatment for Difficult Children

Donald W. Winnicott

and Clare Britton

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date: 18 January 2021

This essay, written with Clare Britton, is concerned with showing how hostels are organised for the residential care of difficult evacuated children. Success in hostel work lessens the failure of the child’s own home, and the aims of such care are both the protection of the public from ‘nuisance’ children and helping those children’s hidden suffering. They describe the importance of placing children in the correct type of residential care, and he stresses the importance of good staffing, because every change of wardens produces casualties among the children, and interrupts the natural therapeutics of hostel work.

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