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Research review: young people leaving care

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JournalChild and Family Social Work
DatePublished - 2006
Issue number3
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)273-279
Original languageEnglish


This paper reviews the international research on young people leaving care. Set in the context of a social exclusion framework, it explores young people's accelerated and compressed transitions to adulthood, and discusses the development and classification of leaving care services in responding to their needs. It then considers the evidence from outcome studies and argues that adopting a resilience framework suggests that young people leaving care may fall into three groups: young people 'moving on', 'survivors' and 'victims'. In concluding, it argues that these three pathways are associated with the quality of care young people receive, their transitions from care and the support they receive after care.

Bibliographical note

This article was published in July 2006 in the journal Child and Family Social Work Stein, M. (2006) Research review: young people leaving care, Child and Family Social Work 2006, 11, 3, 273–279. This is an author-produced version of the article published by Blackwell publishing. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the final publisher proof-corrections or journal pagination. Link to the online version: The definitive version is available at:

    Research areas

  • looked after children, social exclusion, income, poverty, social work issues

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