Objectives of the RESME research are to identify the country-based good practices on the borderline work between residential child care and mental health treatment and to find out the practitioners´ need for multi-professional continuing education. The research is done in six participating countries around Europe. To reach these aims we utilize the focus group- and individual interviews of professionals in idea to create a European wide consensus of the RESME continuing educational course and its contents.

Research groups in each partner country formulate their national research reports, including the data collection and analyzes, for the base of further international comparison and overview of the borderline work between residential child care and mental health treatment. The partner countries, which are Finland, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Scotland and Spain, represent the variety of different welfare regimes. The hypothesis is that the welfare regimes would significantly differentiate the residential child care work and mental treatment of children and has influence to their outcomes as well. In RESME research work, we also produce a literature review in English. The main interest of the review is to gain knowledge that is interesting around Europe.