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Young People Leaving Care
Young people leaving care

Since their identification as a vulnerable group in the 1980s, there has been copious research into the plight of care leavers, much of it highlighting their difficulties and inadequacies in service provision for them, though arguably obscuring more positive outcomes. In this chapter, we review this research and policy and practice developments relating to care leavers, including proposals under the Care Matters initiative.

The term care leaver is a complex one and is applied only to a minority of all the children and young people who leave care. Above all, it is an age-related category, reserved for those aged 16 or over, who have spent more than a minimal time in care. In 2006–2007, roughly 8000 of the 24,700 ...

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