Youth & Policy
It was with a degree of scepticism that I began reading this book. My expectations were of an uninspiring piece of literature which merely illustrates the terrible lot of young people leaving care, ignoring any positives or possibilities. I am delighted to be proved wrong.
Young People Now
This book catalogues the "lottery" facing some of our most vulnerable young people. For the specialist, it is an excellent review of the issues. For the generalist, it provides a revealing picture of just how much still needs to be done.
British Journal of Social Work
The research candidly outlined its aims and the methodology employed and the data now held does justify the pragmatic approach adopted. The book makes a considerable contribution to the field of leaving care research, not least in its concluding comments suggesting ways forward. It is successful in providing a detailed overview of the scope and diversity of leaving care services and individual local authority policy and practice. It should prove to be an invauable resource not only for those practitioners working with, or intending to work with, young people leaving care but also for policy makers and those in the field of research.
Adoption & Fostering
Although in recent years there has been a considerable growth in specialist services for care leavers, at least in part stimulated by the leaving care provisions of the Children's Act 1989, there exists no comparable national information on the nature and extent of this work. This book goes some way to filling this gap and is therefore to be welcomed. Despite these concerns, the wealth of descriptive material about project work with young people should prove helpful to practitioners in the field. In overall terms, the book offers a depiction of the current state of leaving care work and provides models for developing positive policy and practice in this area. It will therefore prove useful to practitioners and planners in the leaving care field. Stylistically, the use of too many lists tend to reduce it's readability and, perhaps, makes it more suitable as a work of reference. The inclusion of good author and subject indexes will certainly help in this respect.
Registered Homes and Services
Though it is not intended specifically as a practice guide, good practice is identified and recommendations are made to improve existing services. Of particular interest and value are the recommendations made by the young people involved in the schemes which were studied.
A comprehensive, informed overview of the current situation with helpful guidance for the policy makers and those directly caring for care leavers.