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

Author : Richard brady (December 2014)

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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.

Barnardo's carried out detailed research with twenty care leavers across its services in England. It found that some young care leavers are provided with good quality accommodation and emotional support, but this stops abruptly when they turn 18. Often poorly prepared for how to run a home on their own, care leavers can find themselves unable to pay the rent and getting into arrears. The report also revealed that lack of contingency planning offered by local authority departments was having a detrimental impact on costs to the public purse, with some not offering help to young people at the earliest opportunity.

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Policy and research documents, Advocacy, rights and community inclusion, Community development, Social care support


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