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Education and self-reliance among care leavers

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Claire Cameron reports results from a study on the use of services by a group of young people who have left local authority care, where the proportion holding educational qualifications is above the average for care leavers. Using the concept of self-reliance, she explores how care leavers managed and directed their educational participation and achievement against a background of a lack of financial, familial and inter-personal support. The article suggests that care leavers, who have often developed self-reliance skills in highly disadvantaged circumstances, can be misperceived by professionals as being 'difficult'.
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Keywords: CARE LEAVERS; EDUCATION; SELF-RELIANCE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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