Life in Residential Care: A Study of Children’s Perceptions on Residential Care. A Case of Bindura SOS Children’s Village
The aim of the study was to explore children’s perceptions. The objectives of the study were to determine the children’s perceptions on residential care; establish the impacts of residential on institutionalised children and determine social work related services offered by the institution to address challenges faced by institutionalised children. The study was carried out at Bindura SOS Children’s Village with thirty institutionalised children and ten key informants. The responses generally show that residential care provide both positive and negative perceptions as the care seeks meet the complex needs of children, facilitates educational opportunities. However, as the last resort the study findings revealed that children living in institutional care are perform poorly on intelligence tests and to be slow learners with specific difficulties in language and social development. The lack of primary socialisation and institutional syndrome attributed as the cause of these problems. In a way, social workers offered social services such as health, education, food and psychosocial therapy for institutionalised children. It therefore recommended that there is the need for scholars to research and present residential care of children as an indigenous care with precedence in the African tradition. In addition, social workers are mandated to adjust children’s negative perception and impacts of the care and embrace bottom up approach in order to include children in issues concerning their placement.