Getting behind the closed door of care leavers: understanding the role of emotional support for young people leaving care

Natasha Adley (Lead / Corresponding author), Victoria Jupp Kina

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Abstract

There have been significant changes in the legislative frameworks and guidance that surround social work practice with young people leaving the care system over the recent years. However, care leavers continue to face a range of challenges, achieve poor outcomes and research has consistently highlighted the insufficient attention paid to sources of emotional support. This paper provides empirical data from a small number of care leavers reflecting on their experiences of transitioning to independence. The findings provide further evidence of the lack of attention paid to emotional support by professionals and highlight the impact that this had on the young people's experiences. The young people identify their changing perceptions and needs as their experiences post-care change, the complex reasons for why they may have rejected offers of support and make key recommendations for practice. This paper provides valuable insight into the process of leaving the care system from the perspective of care leavers themselves and raises key questions that challenge the structure of the current support systems, the nature of the professional relationship with young people in care and the priorities of current policy initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date8 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Care leavers
  • emotional support networks
  • emotional well-being
  • network maps
  • transition to independence

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