Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood
320 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:15 Apr 2008
ISBN:9781843106104
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Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood

International Research and Practice

Edited by Emily Munro and Mike Stein
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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
The transition from care into adulthood is a difficult step for any young person, but young people leaving care have a high risk of social exclusion, both in terms of material disadvantage and marginalisation.In Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood leading academics gather together the latest international research relating to the transition of young people leaving care, outlining and comparing the range of legal and policy frameworks, welfare regimes and innovative practice across 16 countries. The book also highlights the variations that exist between different groups leaving care.Featuring key messages for policy and practice, this book will give academics, practitioners and policymakers valuable insights into how to encourage resilience and improve outcomes for care leavers.
RELATED TOPICS: Social Work
'The book is a first step in gaining an international comparison of young people's transitions from leaving care. In this respect it makes a valuable contribution and is well worth reading... Overall, this book succeeds in providing a beginning international comparison of an important area of service provision that has been generally neglected until relatively recently.'- European Journal of Social Work'This is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in transitions to adulthood and leaving care policy. It contains an enormous amount of information presented in a digestible format.'- Children & Society'It undoubtedly takes forward debates about both comparative social work research and how best to support care leavers, and will be of interest to anyone working in this field.'- Adoption and Fostering Journal'In 2003, an international group of researchers came together to share findings on the problems, challenges and outcomes facing care leavers making the transition to adulthood. Their work was in response to growing cross-national evidence of the social exclusion of young people leaving care. The group was also interested in exploring similarities and differences in young people's journeys to adulthood in different countries and how there were shaped by social, political and legal structures. In other words, what could we learn from each other's experiences to improve services and outcomes during transition.'- Keynotes'For research and teaching the book is excellent in raising issues from a world perspective. The book is laid out in a very logical way. It is easy to find information in it, and as such it is a valuable for library purchase. It is particularly useful for professional social work courses, but courses on early childhood studies, and teacher education may also find it of value.'- SWAP The Higher Education Academy Social Policy and Social Work Subject Centre'In Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood leading academics gather the latest international research relating to the transition of young people leaving care, outlining and comparing the range of legal and policy frameworks, welfare regimes and innovative practice across 16 countries... The book will give academics, practitioners and policymakers valuable insights into how to encourage resilience and improve outcomes for care leavers.'- Child Right'The book is a first step in gaining an international comparison of young people's transitions from leaving care. In this respect it makes a valuable contribution and is well worth reading ... Overall, this book succeeds in providing a beginning international comparison of an important area of service provision that has been generally neglected until relatively recently.'- European Journal of Social Work
Mike Stein is a research professor in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York. He has researched the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving care for 25 years. He contributed to Guidance and training materials on leaving care for the Children Act 1989 and the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. He has published extensively in the field and has been consulted by government, local authorities and voluntary organisations on the development of leaving care services in the UK and internationally. Emily R. Munro is Research Fellow at the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCfR), Loughborough University. Her research interests include the interaction between different professional groups in the decision-making process influencing life pathways and outcomes for vulnerable children and innovative methodologies to ensure that services users' views inform policy and practice. She is co-author of Babies and Young Children in Care (with Harriet Ward and Chris Dearden) also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the Child Welfare Outcomes series.
Preface. 1. Introduction: Comparative Exploration of Care Leavers' Transitions to Adulthood - Emily R. Munro, Loughborough University, UK and Mike Stein,University of York, UK.. Part I: International Chapters. 2. Australia - Judy Cashmore, University of New South Wales, Australia and Philip Mendes, Monash University, Australia. 3. Canada - Robert J. Flynn and David Vincent, University of Ottawa, Canada. 4. France - Annick-Camille Dumaret, Centre de Recherche Medecine, Sciences, Sante et Societe (CERMES) and Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), Paris, France. 5. Germany - Stefan Kongeter, Wolfgang Schroer and Maren Zeller, University of Hildesheim, Germany. 6. Hungary - Maria Herczog, National Institute of Criminology, Hungary. 7. Ireland - Robbie Gilligan, Trinity College, Ireland. 8. Israel - Rami Benbenishty Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. 9. Jordan - Rawan W. Ibrahim, University of East Anglia, UK. 10. Netherlands - Erik J. Knorth, Jana Knot-Dickscheit and Johen Strijker, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 11. Norway - Jan Stor0, Oslo College University, Norway. 12. Romania - Roxana Anghel Anglia Ruskin University, UK and Gabriela Dima, Queens University, UK. 13. Spain - Jorge D. del Valle, University of Oviedo, Spain. 14. Sweden - Ingrid Hojer, University of Goteborg, Sweden. 15. Switzerland - Thomas Gabriel and Renate Stohler, University of Zurich, Switzerland. 16. United Kingdom - Jim Wade, University of York, UK and Emily R. Munro. 17. United States - Mark E. Courtney, University of Washington, USA. Part II: Thematic Issues 18. States of Care Leaving: Towards International Exchange as a Global Resource - John Pinkerton, Queen's University, UK. 19. Legal and Policy Frameworks - Harriet Ward, Loughborough University, UK. 20. Use of Secondary Data to Understand the Experiences of Care Leavers: Cross-National Comparisons - Mark E. Courtney. 21. Transitions from Care to Adulthood: Messages from Research for Policy and Practice - Mike Stein. Glossary. Contributors. Index.
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