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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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Reflections on Upholding the Rights of Youth Leaving Out-of-Home Care

Reflections on Upholding the Rights of Youth Leaving Out-of-Home Care

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(p.69) 4 Reflections on Upholding the Rights of Youth Leaving Out-of-Home Care
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Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood
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Emily R. Munro

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190630485.003.0005

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recognizes that children in out-of-home care are entitled to special protection to promote their physical and psychological recovery. The Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, which are intended to enhance implementation of the UNCRC, also acknowledge the importance of transitional and aftercare support. This chapter explores progress toward realizing the rights of youth leaving out-of-home care in Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The emerging picture is that all these jurisdictions have some way to go to meet the standards enshrined in the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and that emerging adults with complex needs are not currently sufficiently empowered or enabled to exercise their rights.

Keywords:   children’s rights, leaving care, youth transitions, out-of-home care, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

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