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Making a home, finding a job: investigating early housing and employment outcomes for young people leaving care

Wade, J (orcid.org/0000-0002-1084-4878) and Dixon, J (2006) Making a home, finding a job: investigating early housing and employment outcomes for young people leaving care. Child and Family Social Work. pp. 199-208. ISSN 1356-7500

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This paper presents findings from a new study of outcomes for young people leaving care funded by the Department for Education and Skills. It reports findings for a sample of 106 young people in relation to progress made in housing and employment some 12-15 months after leaving care. The generally poor employment outcomes of care leavers are acknowledged, but ingredients that make for success are also highlighted, including the value of settled care and post-care careers, sound career planning and, significantly, the value of delaying young people's transitions from care. Early career paths also interconnect with how young people fare in housing, in developing life skills and with other problems in their lives after leaving care. Housing outcomes were more encouraging and predominantly shaped by events after leaving care, and faring well in housing was the factor most closely associated with positive mental well-being in young people. Some groups that are at risk of faring badly are identified, including young people with mental-health problems, young people with persistent offending or substance misuse problems and, in some respects, young disabled people. The implications of these findings for leaving care services are considered.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author-produced version of the article published by Blackwell publishing. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the final publisher proof-corrections or journal pagination.
Keywords: looked after children,transition,employment,housing,at risk groups
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy Research Unit (York)
Depositing User: R Pitman
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 16:50
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2016 00:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00428.x
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4160

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