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Resilience and young people leaving care

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JournalChild Care in Practice
DatePublished - 2008
Issue number1
Volume14
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)35-44
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

How do we promote the resilience of young people leaving care? This article explores this question by bringing together research findings on the resilience of young people from disadvantaged family backgrounds with research studies on young people leaving care. These findings are applied to young people during their journey to adulthood: their lives in care, their transitions from care, and their lives after care. It is suggested that three main groups of young people can be identified from leaving care research studies: young people "moving on", "survivors" and "victims". It is argued that promoting the resilience of young people leaving care will require more comprehensive services across their life course. This will include, first, better quality care, providing more stability, holistic preparation, a positive sense of identity and assistance with education, second, opportunities for more gradual transitions from care, less accelerated and compressed, and more akin to normative transitions, and third, the provision of better quality and more extended support.

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  • looked after children

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