The Role of Carers and Caseworkers in the School-to-work Transition of Young People in Care
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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.
Australian Social Work
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Counselling, Welfare and Community Services