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Procedures when young people leave care: Views of 111 swedish social services mangers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 33, no 12, 2452-2460 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In western societies, there is a general tendency towards a protracted transition to adulthood for young people, who thereby may become increasingly dependent on support from family. Young people leaving a placement in out-of-home care often lack such support, and will thus have a disadvantageous position compared to their peers. With the purpose of looking into the procedures when young people leave a placement in out-of-home care, telephone interviews were performed with 111 managers of social service units in two Swedish regions (West Sweden, and Stockholm Region), using a structured interview schedule. Answering rate was 99.1%.

Only 6% of the managers had information of the young people's whereabouts once they had left care. 86-88% had general support programmes for all young people concerning housing, employment etc. but only 2-4% had specific programmes for young people leaving care. A majority of the managers were attentive of the difficulties the young people leaving care may encounter, but displayed little awareness of the consequences of a prolonged transition to adulthood, and the need for continued support after leaving care. Several managers referred to the general support of the Swedish welfare state, meaning that young people leaving care had the same access to support as all other young people in Sweden. Consequently, young people leaving care are at risk of being invisible in the welfare system and facing a compressed transition to adulthood.

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2011. Vol. 33, no 12, 2452-2460 p.
Keyword [en]
Transition, Leaving care, Young people, Managers, Social services, Welfare state
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Other Social Sciences
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65903DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.08.023ISI: 000298122800007OAI: diva2:465993
Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2012-02-28Bibliographically approved

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