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      Young People Transitioning from Out-of-home Care and Access to Higher Education: A Critical Review of the Literature

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      Children Australia

      Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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          Young people transitioning from out-of-home care are known to have poor educational outcomes compared to their non-care peers. Yet little is known about the experiences or needs of the small numbers of Australian care leavers who enter higher education. This article critically examines existing Australian and international research on the access of care leavers to higher education. A group of pre-care, in-care, transition from care and post-care factors are identified as either hindering or assisting care leavers to maximise their educational opportunities. Some specific policy and practice reforms are recommended to enhance opportunities for Australian care leavers to participate in and complete higher education.

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                Journal
                applab
                Children Australia
                Children Australia
                Cambridge University Press (CUP)
                1035-0772
                2049-7776
                December 2014
                December 2014
                : 39
                : 04
                : 243-252
                Article
                10.1017/cha.2014.25
                © 2014

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