Resilience and Young People Leaving Care

How do we promote the resilience of young people leaving care, a group identified in the international literature as among the most excluded young people in society? In exploring this question the present article will begin by defining resilience and summarising the factors associated with the resilience of young people from disadvantaged family backgrounds. This will provide a framework for reflecting upon research studies of young people leaving care completed during the past 25 years, including those studies that have captured young people’s experiences, views and outcomes, at different stages of their journey to adulthood: their lives in care; their transitions from care; and their lives after care.