Mike Stein

Mike Stein


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Research interests

  • young people leaving care
  • comparative research on care leavers
  • young people running away from home and care
  • vulnerable young people including abused and neglected adolescents and young people with mental health problems
  • attachment theory 

Please find complete information on my research activities on my profile on the SPRU website.



For the past 25 years Professor Stein has been researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving substitute care (foster and residential care) and, recently, the experiences of children and young people living on the streets, running away from care and vulnerable adolescents. He was involved in the preparation of the Leaving Care Guidance for the Children Act 1989 and the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 as well as training materials for both Acts.  He has been consulted by government, local authorities and voluntary organisations on the development of leaving care services nationally and internationally.  He is currently involved in the development of an international network of leaving care researchers.