pdf A guide to the New Belongings Approach: A way forward for care leavers, The Care Leavers Foundation, 2016

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CLF 16 A guide to the New Belongings Approach 2016.pdf

This guide provides information on the approach used to improve services to care leavers through the New Belongings project. The aim of the project was for local authorities to improve services for care leavers by applying the experience and expertise of care leavers themselves to drive change. New Belongings was the third in a series of initiatives that resulted in the Charter for Care Leavers (2013) and the Access All Areas campaign.

document Access All Areas: A developmental perspective ABSTRACT, Access All Areas, 2012

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AAA 12 Access All Areas A developmental perspective ABSTRACT 2012.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which explores why care leavers need to access all areas of support through a range of adult oriented public services to achieve their full potential.

document Access All Areas: Action for all government departments to support young people's journey from care to adulthood ABSTRACT, Acces All Areas, April 2012

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AAA 12 Access All Areas ABSTRACT APR 12.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which calls on central government departments to improve the support they offer to young people as they leave the care system and in their early years after leaving care.

document Care leavers transition to adulthood ABSTRACT, National Audit Office, 17 July 2015

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NAO 15 Care leavers transition to adulthood ABSTRACT 17 Jul 15.docx

This abstract provides details of a NAO report which concludes that the system for supporting young people leaving foster or residential care in England to live successful independent lives is not working effectively. This is despite the fact that there is a clear legal framework and an inspection regime in place.

pdf Care leavers transition to adulthood, House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts Fifth Report of Session 2015-16, published on 30 October 2015

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HOC 15 CL transition to adulthood 21 Oct 15.pdf

Too many of the most vulnerable young people in England are cut adrift when they need help the most, according to this report. It says there has been a systemic failing in support to young people leaving foster care or children's homes who are let down by the system that's supposed to support them. The Committee found outcomes for the 10,000 young people aged 16 or over who leave care each year are poor and worsening. Its report says the quality and cost of support to care leavers varies unacceptably between local authorities and Ofsted has rated two-thirds of council care leaver services inadequate or requiring improvement. The report welcomes the government’s intent to improve the lives of care leavers, signalled by the launch of the Care Leaver Strategy in 2013, and the fact that more good practice in supporting care leavers is now emerging but it advises that central and local government must both take more responsibility for improving outcomes and the quality of support. Its final recommendation is that he DfE should conduct an early review of Staying Put, with a particular focus on the financial and social impact of the policy for care leavers, foster parents and local authorities.

document Finding their feet: Equipping care leavers to reach their potential ABSTRACT, Centre for Social Justice, January 2015

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CSJ 15 Finding their feet ABSTRACT JAN 15.docx

This abstract details a report which is the culmination of a year-long inquiry. It advises that from a background of family breakdown, many care leavers go on to experience educational failure, debt, worklessness and mental health problems.

document From care to independence ABSTRACT, National Children's Bureau, June 2017

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NCB 17 From care to independence ABSTRACT JUN 17.docx

This abstract provides details of the key findings from the final stage of a five-year research project, From Care to Independence (FC2I). The project focused on the experiences of care leavers attending The Trust’s Fairbridge programme.

document From care to independence: Research summary ABSTRACT, National Children's Bureau, May 2015

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NCB 15 From care to independence ABSTRACT MAY 15.docx

This abstract provides details of interim findings of From Care to Independence (FC21), a five year project focusing on support for care leavers provided by The Prince's Trust and partner organisations.

pdf Funding leaving care: Making the cut one year on, National Care Advisory Service, September 2012

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NCAS 12 Funding leaving care Making the cut One year on SEP 12.pdf

This abstract provides details of a report which summarises the findings of the 2012 survey to find out how the austerity measures were affecting local authority leaving care and complementary services.

document Getting behind the closed door of care leavers: understanding the role of emotional support for young people leaving care ABSTRACT, Child and Family Social Work, December 2014

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CFSW 14 Getting behind the closed door ABSTRACT.docx

This abstract provides details of a paper which explores our understanding of the role of emotional support for young people leaving care. It includes empirical data from a small number of care leavers reflecting on their experiences of transitioning to independence.

pdf Growth beyond the town: A Longitudinal study on youth leaving care, Girls and Boys Town South Africa, 2014

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GBT 14 Growth beyond the town ABSTRACT.pdf

This abstract provides details of research being undertaken on how youth transition out of care in South Africa.

pdf Into independence not out of care, House of Commons Education Committee, 17 July 2014

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HOC 14 Into independence not out of care 17 Jul 14.pdf

This report examines the options for 16 year olds leaving care and calls for an outright ban on bed and breakfast placements for young looked after people.

pdf Into independence, not out of care 16 plus care options Second report of Session 2014-15, House of Commons Education Committee 17 July 2014

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HOC 14 Into independence not out of care 16+ care options 2nd report of session 2014-15 21 Jul 14.pdf

This report sets out recommendations and the necessary steps to ensure that there are improvements in the planning and preparation of, and stability and support for, young people as they move to greater independence.

pdf Into independence, not out of care: 16 plus care options Government response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2014 -15, House of Commons Education Committee, 20 October 2014

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HOC 14 Into independence not out of care 16+ care options 3rd Special report of session 2014-15 20 Oct 14.pdf

This is the government's response to the recommendations made by the House of Commons Education Committee's inquiry into 16 plus care options.

pdf Investigating an Invisible Minority: Sociological examination of care leavers' navigation through adulthood ABSTRACT, C Hugman, Northumbria University

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NU 14 Invisible Minority ABSTRACT JUL 14.pdf

This abstract details PhD research examining the life stories of care leavers aged over 30 living in Northumbria.

pdf Journey towards independent living: A Grounded Theory, Adrian D van Breda et al, 2012

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GBT 12 Journey towards independent living ABSTRACT 2012.pdf

This abstract details research undertaken by the University of Johannesburg and Girls and Boys Town South Africa into successful independent living by care leavers.

pdf Leaving Care: We've been there, Issue 1, Care Leavers Association, November 2011

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CLA 11 Leaving Care We've been there Issue 1 NOV 11.pdf

This young person's guide to leaving care written by care leavers focuses on rights and entitlements, planning for the future, volunteering, money management, managing stress and success.

pdf Leaving Care: We've been there, Issue 2, Care Leavers Association, April 2012

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CLA 12 Leaving Care We've been there Issue 2 APR 12.pdf

This young person's guide to leaving care has been written by care leavers and focuses on housing, employment, legal advice, creativity and success.

pdf Life After Care, Care Leavers Foundation, October 2008

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CLF 08 Life After Care OCT 08.pdf

This report is based on a national study of care leavers' views conducted for National Care Leavers' Week 2008.  It showed that many care leavers are still experiencing a lack of support, premature transitions and risk factors for social exclusion.

pdf Making the cut: Planning transitions for care leavers in an age of austerity, National Care Advisory Service, March 2011

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NCAS 11 Making the cut 2011.pdf

This abstract provides details of a report which summarises a survey on the impact that funding cuts are having on leaving care services and suggests priorities for local authorities and national government in light of this information.