The relative educational, employment and lifecourse disadvantages of individuals who have experienced the care system remains an issue of widespread international concern. The chapters in this edited collection will be useful for readers across geographical contexts, who are concerned with improving the lives of children and young people.
The collection is primarily aimed at undergraduate and post-graduate students in the fields of education, social work, social policy, social care and sociology, as well as practitioners and policy makers with an interest in care-experienced children and young people.
‘This book presents an authoritative and fascinating account of looked-after children’s views and experiences, and of the effectiveness of the system designed to support them. I am heartened by the values that link much of this book, which recognise children and young people’s rights to an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential, however difficult their early start has been, and to act as active participants, often partners, in the research process. The empirical evidence presented here is rooted in Wales, and it will therefore be essential reading for practitioners and policy makers in Wales, but the evidence, analysis and methodological insights will have resonance internationally.’
- Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales
'This timely and relevant book takes an in depth look at the many issues facing care experience young people. Its authors are mindful not to lump these young people into one group and to ensure the “voice and lived“ experience of the young people shape the narrative. What emerges is a rigorous and comprehensive account that should be read by anybody who is working with care experience young people. Whilst the focus is Wales and the importance of context is highlighted the issues raised will resonate with practitioners and policy makers across the UK.' - Kieran Breen
Dawn Mannay is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Alyson Rees is Assistant Director of CASCADE and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Louise Roberts is a Research Associate and Lecture in Social Work at the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE), Cardiff University.