Organisations looking after children may feel that the best and safest practice is to avoid close contact with children altogether

Niall Kelly: Kids in care homes need a hug now and then – but it’s a touchy subject

Young Foundations Limited is a specialist children’s services company which runs children’s homes and schools in Scotland. The majority of children we support have additional needs, and usually have experienced ­disruption in their development and ­education. The children who live in our homes have struggled with their mental health and need more care and ­support than any family could provide.

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