Working with youth in-care: implications for vocational rehabilitation practice

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Title Working with youth in-care: implications for vocational rehabilitation practice
Author Buys, Nicholas J.; Tilbury, Clare; Creed, Peter Alexander; Crawford, Meegan Joan
Journal Name Disability and Rehabilitation
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Abstract Purpose. Youth in-care face a range of barriers that hinder their career development, not least of which is the high prevalence of mental health, emotional and behavioural problems among this population and lack of access to vocational rehabilitation services. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the factors that impede the school-to-work transition of youth in-care from their perspective and that of the key stakeholders in their lives. Method. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 65 youth in-care, 27 carers, 14 caseworkers and 21 guidance officers in Queensland, Australia. Results. There is a range of social, psychological and environmental factors that impact the career development of youth incare, some of which are unique to this population. Factors include the effect of placement stability, negative in-care experiences, negative perceptions about them, limited access to caseworkers, lack of resources, poor educational planning and lack of vocational guidance and career exploration. Conclusions. These findings have a number of implications for practice, including the need for rehabilitation counsellors to understand and address the multiple barriers facing youth in-care, to provide vocational rehabilitation services throughout the school-to-work transition period and to coordinate support from carers, caseworkers and guidance officers.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Informa Healthcare. This is an electronic version of an article published in Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 33(13-14), 2011, pp. 1125-1135. Disability and Rehabilitation is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 33
Issue Number 13-14
Page from 1125
Page to 1135
ISSN 0963-8288
Date Accessioned 2012-01-17
Language en_US
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health and Community Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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