Neighbourhood structure and foster care entry risk: the role of spatial scale in defining neighbourhoods.

Author:Davies, Miranda
Position:Fostering - Brief article
 
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LERY Bridgette

'Neighbourhood structure and foster care entry risk: the role of spatial scale in defining neighbourhoods'

Children and Youth Services Review 31:3, March 2009, pp 331-337, USA

The renewed popularity of neighbourhood-based child welfare services in the USA has been built on studies showing that certain neighbourhood demographic characteristics are linked to child maltreatment. In response to this data, public child welfare system reform efforts seek to target services to neighbourhoods at high risk for child welfare involvement. This study examines whether or not those neighbourhood attributes are related to the risk of entering foster care. These relationships are examined at three spatial scales to establish whether the associations...

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