The Role of Carers and Caseworkers in the School-to-work Transition of Young People in Care

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Title The Role of Carers and Caseworkers in the School-to-work Transition of Young People in Care
Author Crawford, Meegan Joan; Tilbury, Clare; Creed, Peter Alexander; Buys, Nicholas J.
Journal Name Australian Social Work
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract How young people in state care decide upon future careers, and the support offered for this process by carers and child protection caseworkers, has received little research attention. This qualitative study sought the views of young people in care, foster and kinship carers, and child protection caseworkers about career development for in care youth. We found young people were thinking about career options but encountered a safety driven, acute casework approach, which sidelined education and work planning. Career development was not viewed as a caseworker responsibility, and, by default, was primarily developed by carers. The study highlights the need for a greater focus on the transition to adulthood, and the inclusion of career development in policy and practice development.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 64
Issue Number 4
Page from 459
Page to 474
ISSN 0312-407X
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 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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