Helping Care Leavers: Problems and Strategic Responses

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Many children and young people who become 'looked after' by local authority social services departments may spend a short time 'in care' and then return home. Many others will leave care aged between 16 and 18 and be expected to live independently in the community. This report defines the problem of the numbers leaving care and provides a literature review of the nature and difficulties of leaving care. The aims and objectives of local authorities supporting care leavers are discussed along with the issues that affect local authority responses to the problems of care leavers. The development of leaving care schemes and areas of best practice are also outlined. Cites numerous references.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDepartment of Health
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • looked after children
  • social work issues

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