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Obstacles to participation in education, employment and training for young people leaving care

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JournalSocial Work & Social Sciences Review
DatePublished - 2007
Issue number2
Volume13
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)18-34
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper focuses on the early career outcomes of young people leaving care. It draws upon the findings of a study of young people leaving care in seven English local authorities under The Children Leaving Care Act 2000 (CLCA), to explore the extent of participation and factors associated with career outcomes (Dixon et al., 2006). The paper shows that despite an increased policy focus on education and career options, care leavers continue to be disadvantaged and face considerable challenges in terms of entering and sustaining post-16 participation in education, employment and training. The problems associated with leaving care are well documented, however, less is known about the factors associated with young people doing better or worse after care. The paper explores the extent and nature of the obstacles faced by young people as they begin their career journey and utilises the study findings to locate them within the care and leaving care experience. It presents key findings, which highlight factors associated with obstructing and promoting positive career outcomes. Finally, the paper considers strategies for supporting young people in and leaving care to maximise their career options and opportunities.

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  • looked after children

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