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Sponsored Research: Designing with Care: Interior Design and Residential Child Care

DescriptionThis study examined the attitudes to a range of design interventions in four residential care homes for children in South Lanarkshire. The project set out to identify the benefits and disadvantages to young people and staff of a change in approach to the design of interior spaces.
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Website Publication DateJune 02, 2006

SEED Sponsored Research

Designing with Care
Interior Design and Residential Child Care

Final Report by
Farm7
Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care
Catherine Docherty, Andrew Kendrick,
Paul Sloan, Jennifer Lerpiniere
June 2006

This report is available in pdf format (344kb)

A full PDF report is also available on the SIRCC website and the Farm 7 website

The Scottish Executive is making this research report, part of the SEED Sponsored Research programme, available in order to provide access to its contents for those interested in the subject. The Executive sponsored the research but has not exercised editorial control over the report.

The views expressed in the report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Scottish Executive or any other organisation(s) by which the author(s) is/are employed.

The research was commissioned through Information, Analysis and Communication Division, which is responsible for providing analytical services within the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED). Their work is part of a multidisciplinary unit (consisting of researchers, economists and statistics staff) and the staff undertakes and funds economic analysis and social research in the fields of: school education; children, young people and social work: architecture; and tourism, culture and sport.

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Executive Summary

1 Introduction

1.1 This exploratory study examined the attitudes to a range of design interventions in four residential care homes for children in South Lanarkshire. The project set out to identify the benefits and disadvantages to young people and staff of a change in approach to the design of interior spaces. It was undertaken by Farm7 (specialists in design research and consultancy) and the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care (SIRCC).

1.2 The main focus of the research was to evaluate design interventions aimed at removing 'institutional' approaches to design in the care environment and improving the experience of looked after children. This involved the commissioning of interior design consultants Graven Images in the development and design of South Lanarkshire's residential children's homes. Post-occupancy evaluation of the four residential homes was undertaken with the participation of both looked after children and staff.

1.3 It was envisaged that this study would contribute to the development of design guidance that will promote a more systematic approach to the design of care environments. This will allow social work and design professionals to draw on a design framework in order to significantly enhance the experience of looked after children and staff.