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Young people from a public care background: pathways to education in Europe

Objective

This project will investigate post-compulsory educational pathways among young people who spent at least one of their childhood years in the care of public authorities or child protection agencies. Young men and women from a public care background are among the most economically and socially excluded groups in European nations yet the pathways by which they might overcome their childhood disadvantages through further and higher education are virtually unknown. The high level of social exclusion among young people from a public care background, coupled with some evidence of their heterogeneity and resourcefulness, makes this discreet group a valuable case for investigating the educational prospects for, achievements of, and barriers facing all socially excluded young people. The overall aim of the proposed project is to contribute to the knowledge and policy development and changes in practice that may lead to the retention of many more young men and women from a public care background in education after the end of compulsory schooling and to open up the prospect of further and higher education to them. Specific objectives are to: i) map current knowledge about educational participation among young people from a public care background; ii) track and evaluate the educational plans and pathways of a sample of 19-21 year-olds from a public care background; iii) identify the conditions within the care and education systems that facilitate or inhibit entry to and continuation in post-compulsory education; and iv) explore young people’s constructions of educational identities and trajectories in terms of class, gender, race, ethnicity and care responsibilities both from the perspective of young men and women themselves and of carers and staff in services designed to support them. Using a highly experienced five EU country research team, and a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the project will provide a national overview and in-depth analysis.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/sociology/anthropology/ethnology

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
20 Bedford Way
WC1H 0AL London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 505 117
Administrative Contact
Claire Cameron (Dr.)

Participants (4)

Szocialpolitikai Es Munkaugyi Intezet / Institute For Social Policy And Labour
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 176 566
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ferenc Poldan (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 175 916
Address
Placa Sant Domenec 3
17004 Girona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carles Martin (Mr.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 605
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margareta Ahlqwist (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 292 759
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Torben Kjeld Lademann (Mr.)