This book draws from the findings of some new research-based Australian studies combined with chapters based on local and international evidence that critically analyse existing policy and practice.
Authors: Philip Mendes, Guy Johnson and Badel Moslehuddin
Publisher: Australian Scholarly Press
Some of the core issues examined include the factors that contribute to poor outcomes for many care leavers, benchmarked examples of successful policies and programs, comparisons of Australia with other jurisdictions such as the USA and United Kingdom, the impact of global policy factors and organisations on the Australian debate, and the strengths and weaknesses of existing leaving care research. This is the first Australian text to systematically examine the processes and outcomes of local leaving care policy and practice within the wider context of international debates. It adds to our knowledge by providing badly needed information on the relationship between care leaver experiences, support programs and outcomes, and our understanding of “what works” with different groups of care leavers.