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ERIC Number: EJ871850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
"If the Social Worker Had Called at Least It Would Show They Cared". Young Care Leaver's Perspectives on the Importance of Care
Gaskell, Carolyn
Children & Society, v24 n2 p136-147 Mar 2010
Young people leaving local authority care are frequently discussed in terms of being socially excluded and having "poor life outcomes". In terms of educational achievement, employment and involvement in the criminal justice system, those with an experience of the care system fare the worst. Within the context of these poor outcomes, the Government Green Paper "Care Matters" has emerged. However, the Green Paper's outcomes framework for looked after children's well-being risks simplifying the complex nature of children's experiences and needs. It is children's experiences of care, both before entering the care system and whilst growing up within the care system that shapes their well-being and their life outcomes. The basis of improving children's outcomes should include listening to and understanding what children need from the care system. This knowledge helps to develop an understanding of how failings within the care system are experienced by children in care and how these experiences are subsequently translated into negative outcomes for young care leavers. Drawing upon qualitative, empirical data, this study aims to explore young care leavers' experiences of care. Through this, the extent to which feelings of care shape self esteem and a sense of self will be explored. Finally, this study will outline themes of trust and stability in the provision of care services and how these can shape positive outcomes for care leavers.
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Language: English
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