Young adults who have lived in out-of-home care at some point during their childhood
often struggle to build stable lives. This is not surprising: typically young care
leavers not only have to overcome a difficult childhood, but also tend to receive
less support during the crucial years of early adulthood than youth living with their
parents. In response to their poor socio-economic outcomes, many agencies responsible
for improving outcomes for young people are experimenting with transition programmes
for young adults leaving care. This policy report identifies the key challenges that
care leavers face and provides a range of good practice examples in OECD countries
to promote cross-country learning, help strengthen the international evidence base
and support countries to improve their policies for young people leaving their care.
In 2019, over 2 million children across OECD countries were in some type of out-of-home care, such as #FosterHomes or institutional care. The path to adulthood & independence can be tough [@OECD_Social]
Many children leaving out-of-home care, such as #FosterHomes or institutional care, are at risk of becoming economically & socially excluded from society. The #COVID19 pandemic has amplified the challenges they face [@OECD_Social]
WEBINAR SERIES: FROM POLICY TO EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION IN PRACTICE
What role should care experienced people play in transforming care systems? The care experienced perspective (November 2023)
Duncan Dunlop, a care system reform specialist discusses with three care experienced people, Thomas Carlton, Jonny Hoyle and Elisha Mulvaney their multiple perspectives of growing up in, and now working in a system that is failing care experienced people. They reflect on what would make real change happen and what role care experienced people should play in that.