transitional services

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

This Insight focuses on the transition to adulthood for young people with autistic spectrum disorder.

Guidance for local authorities and other corporate parents: supporting looked after children and young people to remain in care, as part of a staged transition towards adulthood and greater independence.

It has been developed in response to concerns about consistently poor outcomes for care leavers, with high rates of homelessness and low levels of engagement in education, training or employment.

Guidance that has been published to assist local authorities and their community planning partners in the development and implementation of local ‘Housing Options Protocols for Care Leavers’. These protocols should detail the processes by which young people are supported through their transition out of care and provided with a range of appropriate and sustainable accommodation options.

Document that has been developed with the aim of informing policy and to fundamentally change the way things are done in Scotland in the area of youth transitions, from the top down and the bottom up.

Young people and their carers need help to achieve positive outcomes through greater personalisation, independence, choice and control of the transitions process.

The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime is a programme of research that aims to address a range of fundamental questions about the causes of criminal and risky behaviours in young people.

The core of the programme is a major longitudinal study of a single cohort of around 4,000 young people who started secondary school in Edinburgh in the autumn of 1998.
 

Report that looks at the use of performance tables in leaving care. It provides an overview of the data published by the Department for Education (DFE) in the autumn of 2011 and summarises feedback from the sector on the strength of the data.

It is based on feedback from members of the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF), a network of around 50 local authorities and organisations, coordinated by the National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) at Catch22.

Report that gives the views of young people, mainly from among those who have left care, about their experience of care and leaving care. As well as looking at what young people have said, we have also tried to see whether they have been getting what the law says that they should be.

This report should give an important insight into how well the care system is doing for children and young people, and how it prepares them for their own future, through the eyes of those leaving care for independent adult life.

Summary report which reflects the views and experiences of young people from six pilot authorities (five operating the ‘pure familial’ model and one operating the ‘hybrid’ model).

The aims of the evaluation were to explore the role and contribution that staying put can make to promoting positive outcomes for young people, including:

The main aim of the study was to use the first six waves of data from the LSPYE to understand more about the lives of adopted young people as they approach adulthood and to make comparisons with other young people who had not experienced adoptive care.