Resilience and young people leaving care

Mike Stein

A literature review exploring the factors affecting young people leaving care as they move to adulthood and independence.

As young people leave care they face a variety of challenges. Some meet and overcome these challenges, yet others struggle. This review found a gap in the literature on resilience among young people leaving care. It therefore draws upon research studies completed in the last twenty years which have captured the experiences, views and reflections of the young people themselves. In reviewing the research evidence, the report captures the different stages or contexts of young peoples' experiences:

  • their journeys through care, including an exploration of stability, continuity and attachment, identity, education, leisure and preparation;
  • their transitions from care;
  • their lives after care;
  • the impact of ‘leaving care’ policy.

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