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Children leaving care research and resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into children leaving care and the impact this can have on their adult lives.

These research resources can help practitioners, managers and service planners gain a deeper understanding of the issue and what works to improve outcomes for children and young people.

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Latest children leaving care research and resources

Find our latest children leaving care research, policy documents, resources and publications below or search the full Barnardo's publications database.

Published date Publication Price
2017

Neglected Minds: A report on mental health support for younger people leaving care

by Nicola Smith

Type: Policy and research documents

This report looks at the mental health needs of care leavers and what could be done to better support them.
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Free
2015

Care leavers accommodation and support framework

by Barnardo's in partnership with St Basils

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Young people leaving care need somewhere safe and suitable to live to help them make a positive transition into adulthood. Good housing underpins success in other areas of life.
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Free
2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals, Campaign documents

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
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Free
2014

The costs of not caring: Supporting English care leavers into independence

by Richard brady

Type: Policy and research documents

The Barnardo's report, The costs of not caring: supporting English care leavers into independence, is based on in-depth qualitative research with twenty care leavers and finds that some local children's services are placing care leavers in unsuitable housing with 'unrealistic' expectations as to how well they can cope with living alone.
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Free
2014

On My Own The accommodation needs of young people leaving care in England

by Strategy Unit

Type: Policy and research documents

On My Own reveals that vulnerable care leavers worry about the risk of becoming homeless and are experiencing severe difficulties with finding appropriate accommodation, having a choice in their housing and managing living alone for the first time.
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Free
2011

On our Own Two Feet

Type: Policy and research documents

Barnardo's is working in partnership with Action for Children to call on the Government to set up an asset-based savings account (ISA) for looked after children.
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Free
2010

In Loco Parentis - A Demos report commissioned by Barnardo's

by Celia Hannon, Claudia Wood and Louise Bazalgette

Type: Policy and research documents

The report examines what the care system would look like if it were reconfigured to avoid the delay, instability and abrupt transitions that many young people still experience and demonstrates that a smoother, more proactive care system could also be less costly to the state.
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Free
2004

What works for young people leaving care?

by Mike Stein

Type: Tools for professionals

This book looks at problems, service challenges and outcomes for young people leaving care.
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£12.99
2004

What works in building resilience?

by Tony Newman

Type: Policy and research documents

This book focuses on the assets of children and families, rather than their problems, and moves beyond simply reviewing theoretical research to examining the interventions that actively promote resilience.
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£11.99
2004

SCIE Knowledge review 07: Improving the use of research in social care practice

by Isabel Walter, Sandra Nutley, Janie Percy-Smith, Di McNeish and Sarah Frost

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

This review examines effective ways of promoting research use in social care, explores models of research use that include staff at different levels and settings in social care, and looks at what organisational structures are needed to realise the aim of using research to improve practice.
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Free
2002

Voices and choices

by Pam Hibbert

Type: Policy and research documents

An innovative report that presents learning from young people's participation in inspections of children's homes, carried out by a consortium of voluntary agencies.
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£2.50
2000

Making connections linking research and practice summary

by Mike Hughes, Diana McNeish, Tony Newman, Helen Roberts and Darshan Sachdev

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

The purpose of this report is to review of factors which promote or inhibit the dissemination of social care research and its application in practice.
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Free
 

Keeping the family in mind

Type: Policy and research documents

This report explores the lives and needs of children and young people who care for parents with mental health problems.
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Free
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