This chapter looks at work with young people before and after they leave the care system. In it all the central themes of this book are relevant. In relation to children’s needs and ‘best interests’, we see how the needs of this group of young people must be broadly defined, and as far as possible self-defined.Children and young people’s rights and a ‘listening’ approach are hugely important in this area of practice. Leaving care services cannot work effectively without respect for the autonomy of young people, and we will see that some of the most effective leaving care services are those that create opportunities for young people to work collectively to improve their situation.Working with difference and oppression is a strong theme. We focus in this chapter on the needs of three particular groups of care leavers: Black and ethnic minority care leaversYoung disabled care leaversRefugees and asylum seekers leaving careIn relation to issues of parenting and the state, we will need again to think about what ‘corporate parenting’ means, and also about what standards of care are being applied.
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