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Type: Journal article
Title: Young people transitioning from out-of-home care and access to higher education: a critical review of the literature
Author: Mendes, P.
Michell, D.
Wilson, J.
Citation: Children Australia, 2014; 39(4):243-252
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1035-0772
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Philip Mendes, Dee Michell, and Jacqueline Z. Wilson
Abstract: Young people transitioning from out-of-home care are known to have poor educational outcomes compared to their non-care peers. Yet little is known about the experiences or needs of the small numbers of Australian care leavers who enter higher education. This article critically examines existing Australian and international research on the access of care leavers to higher education. A group of pre-care, in-care, transition from care and post-care factors are identified as either hindering or assisting care leavers to maximise their educational opportunities. Some specific policy reforms are recommended to enhance opportunities for Australian care leavers to participate in and complete higher education.
Keywords: care leavers
higher education
policy and practice reform
Rights: © The Author(s) 2014
DOI: 10.1017/cha.2014.25
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