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The making of leaving care policy 1971-2008

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JournalYouth & Policy
DatePublished - 2008
Issue number100
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)241-251
Original languageEnglish


This article tells the story of the main developments in leaving care policy in England and Wales, from the introduction of Social Services Departments in 1971 to the Children and Young Person's Act which entered the Statute Book April 2008. It is a story of how wider contextual influences, including opportunities and constraints, common to all young people, have interacted with a more parochial child welfare agenda, and the agency and actions of many, including young people in care themselves, in the making of leaving care policy.

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  • looked after children, social work issues

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