The report conducted research with 234 care experienced university students in England and Wales to explore their experiences of the journey through care.
The population of care leavers included in this research were perceived to be educational high achievers, yet the overwhelming majority described difficult journeys through care.
The recommendations at the end of this report highlight potential gaps in services, and identify particular flashpoints that created stress, trauma, and tension.
Reference: Ellis, K., & Johnston, C.. (2020). Pathways to University - The Journey Through Care: Findings Report Two. Sheffield: The University of Sheffield. doi.org/10.15131/shef.data.13247639.
Data were generated in two phases; The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 42 care experienced students from four universities and sought the views of a larger sample via an online survey: 192 students responded from 29 universities. Those who participated self-identified as care experienced and were accessed via widening participation teams in their own universities.
See also Pathways to University from Care: Findings Report One
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