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What helps young care leavers to enter the world of work? Possible lessons learned from an exploratory study in Ireland and Catalonia

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  • Arnau-Sabatés, Laura
  • Gilligan, Robbie

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Work is important for promoting social inclusion, especially for marginalized or economically vulnerable populations. There is also evidence that work is associated with stability and social integration for young people who have left care. There is, however, little detailed evidence on how young care-leavers access, and remain in, the world of work. This paper seeks to address this issue. It reports on preliminary findings from a cross-national qualitative study conducted in Ireland and Catalonia.

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  • Arnau-Sabatés, Laura & Gilligan, Robbie, 2015. "What helps young care leavers to enter the world of work? Possible lessons learned from an exploratory study in Ireland and Catalonia," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 185-191.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:53:y:2015:i:c:p:185-191
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.03.027
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