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Between Inclusion and Participation: Young Carers Who Are Absent From School

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In discussions of inclusion and exclusion, one often-neglected group at high risk of exclusion is that of school absentees. Researchers and the public normally focus on truants and school refusers, whereas students absent from school to take care of family members, or young carers, have received little attention so far. Because of the multicausal factors and extensive impacts of the phenomenon, research on both school absentees and young carers suggests a need for interdisciplinary approaches. Yet, these approaches for support do not always succeed. This study investigated the interdisciplinary cooperation of those professionals in education, social work, and health care who work with young carers absent from school. It identified both barriers to and facilitators of this important cooperation. The aim is to create better support for the inclusion of this unnoticed group and to increase awareness of their situation among the professionals working with them.
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Keywords: INCLUSION; INTERDISCIPLINARY SUPPORT; SCHOOL ABSENTEEISM; YOUNG CARERS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2015

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