Young People Leaving Care: Supporting Pathways to Adulthood

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The journey to adulthood is a big step for all young people. However, for young people leaving care it may be far more difficult, coping with major changes in their lives and at a younger age, especially if they lack preparation and support.

Young People Leaving Care explores the journey from care to adulthood through the main challenges they face. It provides guidance on how young people can achieve stability through a range of 'pathways': being in settled accommodation, ...

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Overview

The journey to adulthood is a big step for all young people. However, for young people leaving care it may be far more difficult, coping with major changes in their lives and at a younger age, especially if they lack preparation and support.

Young People Leaving Care explores the journey from care to adulthood through the main challenges they face. It provides guidance on how young people can achieve stability through a range of 'pathways': being in settled accommodation, achieving their potential in education, employment or training, and achieving good health and a positive sense of wellbeing. For each of these pathways the book provides a comprehensive review of relevant research, how they are best supported, and how the services young people receive have the potential to increase their resilience increase their chances of enjoying a fulfilled life as a young adult.

This is an essential book for all those who work with young people from care, including social workers, personal advisers, counselors, teachers, policy makers, researchers and students in the field of child welfare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849052443
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Stein is a Research Professor in the Social Policy Research Unit at York University, UK. He is also a qualified social worker and has worked as a probation officer, a senior child care officer and an area manager in a social services department. He has spent the last thirty years researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving care. He is also a co-coordinator of the Transitions from Care to Adulthood International Research Group (INTRAC).

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Table of Contents

Contents: Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. Part 1. Setting the Context. 2. The Making of Leaving Care Law and Policy, 1948 - 2012. 3. The Organisation of Leaving Care Services. Part Two. Pathways to Adulthood. 4. Being in Settled, Safe Accommodation. 5. Careers and Accommodation. 6. Homelessness, Housing Outcomes and Leaving Care Services. 7. School Education: Laying the Foundations for Future Careers. 8. Further and Higher Education, Training and Employment. 9. Health and Well-Being. 10. Young People Needing More Support. Part 3. Conclusion. 11. A Journey of Ideas. 12. Promoting Resilience. Appendix 1. Figure: Needs Assessment and Content of Pathway Plans for Relevant and Former Relevant Children. Appendix 2. Planning for Education, Training and Careers. References. Index.

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