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Leaving Care in Scotland - the residential experience

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JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
DatePublished - 2003
Issue number2
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)7-17
Original languageEnglish


Each year over a thousand young people aged sixteen and over leave care in Scotland. What does leaving care mean for these young people and what happens to them in the early stages of post-care living? What has helped them to prepare for leaving care and how best can they be supported to achieve positive outcomes as they continue their transition to independent living? These questions formed the basis of a recent survey of young people who had moved on from the care of three Scottish local authorities. This paper presents a brief overview of the main issues arising from the survey. It will particularly draw on the views and experiences of a group of young people who left residential care to provide an indication of what happens to young people within the first year of post-care living. It will consider their experience alongside that of those moving on from other care placements and will situate them within the wider context of throughcare and aftercare for care leavers in Scotland. In doing so it will highlight some of the issues facing care leavers and will carry relevance for those involved in caring for and developing services for looked after and previously looked after children and young people.

    Research areas

  • looked after children, social work issues

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