A structural analysis of young people leaving state care

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Young people leaving state care have often been described as experiencing multiple disadvantages resulting from their abuse or neglect prior to entering care, their negative experiences in care, and the lack of support provided to them as they transition from care. However, some parts of the leaving care literature tend to concentrate on the individual pathways of care leavers, without emphasising the significant structural disadvantages they have in common. This paper argues that an affirmative action plan is necessary to assist all care leavers to overcome their earlier disadvantages and achieve better outcomes. The state as corporate parent should be seeking to approximate the supports that a typical parent in the general community provides to their children leaving home until young people reach 25 years of age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69 - 79
Number of pages11
JournalCommunities, Children and Families Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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