Practitioner and foster care provider perceptions of the support needs of young parents in and exiting out-of-home care: a systematic review

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Early parenthood is associated with a range of adverse health, economic and social outcomes. Young people in and exiting out-of-home care (OoHC) are more likely than their peers to become parents at an early age, and less likely to
receive consistent support from their families. While previous literature reviews on this topic have primarily focused on the experiences of young parents with an OoHC background, the perspectives of practitioners and foster care
providers are also integral to strengthening policies and practices to support this cohort. A systematic search of four databases and manual citation reviews revealed 23 articles published between January 1997 and December 2018
pertaining to 18 studies that met our inclusion criteria of responses from professionals and/or foster care providers regarding their experiences of working with young parents in and exiting OoHC. Salient themes included the
challenges of parenting within the context of OoHC, placement issues, and high levels of need within this cohort. Practitioners and foster care providers also identified complications in service provision, limited resources, role
confusion, and insufficient professional development in relation to their work. These findings highlight the importance of comprehensive, strengths-based, age-appropriate services for young parents within placements and after leaving
care, as well as clearly delineated responsibilities and professional support for practitioners and foster care providers.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages39
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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Keywords

  • early parenthood
  • out-of-home care
  • care leaver needs
  • practitioner views
  • foster carer views

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