Kicked out kids!: a literature review considering the experiences of young people transitioning from residential care to independent adulthood

Bickel, Amy (2015) Kicked out kids!: a literature review considering the experiences of young people transitioning from residential care to independent adulthood. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The overarching aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of young people transitioning from residential care to independent adulthood. This was achieved by undertaking a literature review that identified key themes within chosen literature. This research study will provide essential information and recommendations to better enable professionals to work effectively with young people in order to improve their outcomes when transitioning from residential care to independent adulthood.
    Three prominent themes were identified as experienced by young people making the transition from residential care to independent adulthood. These themes were; feeling unprepared to leave residential care, insufficient care from a trusting adult figure and an imbalance between support and independence.
    The author would recommend that more research be carried out to obtain the experiences of care leavers who have transitioned from residential care. Moreover, the views of residential care workers and social workers’ involved with the young people would be of value.
    Another recommendation for future practice would be adequate preparation for the young person to transition from residential care to independent adulthood. This consists of ensuring that the young person is prepared physically and emotionally for ‘moving on’ and providing supported accommodation until the age of 21 should the young person express the need for it.
    Furthermore, the desire for an adult figure with whom the young person could trust to care for them ‘genuinely’ was voiced by the young people. This would lead to recommending that their be a provision of an advocacy service that gives the young person an opportunity to build a trusting relationship with an adult who can support them through the end of their residential placement, the transition period and into their independent adulthood.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2015 12:43
    Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 12:43
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18081

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