Pathways for young people leaving care: what helps?
What are the experiences of young people leaving residential or foster care?
For looked-after children, the transition from care can be a daunting time, as they navigate the complexities of adult life. Government guidance is designed to ensure smooth transitions, but there can be a gap between national and local aspirations, and young peoples' own hopes and priorities.
Exploring transitions from care was a recent focus of the sociology of health and illness cross-cutting theme of the CPRU. As Professor Helen Roberts, medical sociology lead explained, this theme "undertakes research into social aspects of children and young people's health to inform policy."
- This qualitative research explored the priorities for young people leaving foster or residential care seekers and those with disabilities
- Collaborative work with and between young people and professionals is important for understanding the experiences of care leavers
- Two groups of care leavers were identified as having a particularly hard time: asylum
This case study is from Sociology of health and illness Cross-cutting themes.