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Leaving Care on Your Own

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Ingrid Höjer
Yvonne Sjöblom
Publicerad i 8th Conferenc of the European Sociological Assosciation, Glasgow
Publiceringsår 2007
Publicerad vid Institutionen för socialt arbete
Språk en
Ämnesord Public care, young care leavers, transition to adulthood
Ämneskategorier Familjeforskning

Sammanfattning

In western societies the transition to adulthood for young people tend to be a protracted process, where social support and economical transferrals from families become increasingly important. The situation for young care leavers has thereby become problematic, since they often lack familial support in the transition phase from care to independent living. This paper draws on result from a pilot study where 16 young care leavers between the age of 18 and 22 were interviewed. The aim of the study was to investigate how young care leavers perceive their transition from being in care to an independent life. Telephone interviews have also been performed with the young care leavers’ parents, social workers, placement caseworkers, foster carers and institutional staff. Result shows that young care leavers have a pronounced need for social, emotional, practical and economical support. Such support is occasionally given by foster carers and institutional staff, seldom by social services, and rarely by biological parents. This group of vulnerable young people is at risk of facing severe problems in the transitional phase from care to independent living, a fact which is not acknowledged by Swedish social services.

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