Patricia McNamara, PhD & Andrew Harvey, PhD & Lisa Andrewartha / La Trobe University
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Few Australian out-of-home care (OOHC) leavers complete high school and transition to higher education. Those who do transition, often struggle to complete. Until recently, poor education outcomes of young Australians growing up in OOHC have been consistent with international experience. However, innovative initiatives in Europe (Spain, Sweden and the UK especially) and in the US, have seen improvement in rates of high school graduation and successful completion of university study. Those endeavours, along with a growing level of local concern, gave rise to a recent Australian scoping study. This mixed methods research aimed to identify opportunities and barriers to higher education transition for care leavers.
Keywords: out-of-home care higher education transition Australia international