Learning independence: views of care leavers, students in residential further education and boarders in boarding schools on moving on to independent adult life

Author:
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS DIRECTOR FOR ENGLAND
Publisher:
OFSTED
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
26p.
Place of publication:
Manchester

This report gives the views of 308 young people who are about to leave boarding schools for adult life, of residential students in further education colleges, and of care leavers, about learning and preparing for life as independent adults. It compares the views of those moving into independent adulthood from these very different backgrounds. Findings revealed that many care leavers thought they had left care too early, without enough preparation. The majority of care leavers (61%) thought being in care had made their lives better, while a quarter thought it had made their lives worse. Young people leaving care, boarding school or residential college needed more information about life outside school and care, and care leavers especially need more information about their entitlements and someone to call on readily for help and advice once they are on their own. Living away from home, in care or residential education, teaches independence and “getting on with other people”. For some, though, living away from home had not been a good experience and had not been right for them as individuals.

Subject terms:
independent living, residential care, user views, young people, boarding schools;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
England
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