The Experiences of Care Leavers (Post-care Adults) in Social Work Education

Mayall, Helen, O'Neill, Teresa, Worsley, Aidan Richard clive orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3925-3297, Devereux, Rose, Ward, Simon and Lynch, Darren (2014) The Experiences of Care Leavers (Post-care Adults) in Social Work Education. Social Work Education, 34 (2). pp. 151-164. ISSN 0261-5479

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This paper explores the experiences of social work students on qualifying degree programmes in the UK who have previously been in care or ‘looked after’. Using a sample drawn from three social work programmes in the North West of England, a semi-structured interview schedule was constructed, with the support of social workers who had been in the care system, to examine the individual journeys of 11 students. This paper aims to explore, with this group of students, how their experiences relate to their decision to apply for a place on a social work course, their experience of admission and the duration of the programme. The paper is of particular relevance to social work educators and makes specific suggestions regarding how current practice in social work education might improve.

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