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Title: A qualitative case study of youth transition from out of home care (residential care) in China : variation on an international theme?
Author: Zhao, Ting
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 7894
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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The transition of young people from out of home care has received increasing attention internationally. It has been reported that generally young people in care tend to be exposed to more risk than those who have not been looked after by the state. Whether or not that is the case in China is not so clear. The meaning of ‘transition from residential care’ in mainland China has not yet been fully explored through child-centric approach. This study adds to what is known about the leaving care in mainland China through the exploration of the life experience of children in care when they are facing the transition. The research is designed as a qualitative case study. Through semi-structured interviews, participant observation and document analysis, the research aim to provide an insight into youth's experience in residential care in mainland China to Illustrate the challenge they face in terms of their transition. Opinions from both young people and care workers are collected in order to understand the transition experience. The findings of the study suggest that the experience of transition from out of home care in mainland China shows a similarity to other national transition research but has its own particular features. This reflects the marginal place within contemporary Chinese child welfare policy of children placed in care due to the absence of parenting. Although education is central to provision for these children it is not sufficient to meet their varied needs. This case study of current provision and practice as young people come to face discharge shows that it is not able to provide the support for youth to make their transition effectively. The study suggests that using an ecological perspective and thinking about attachment, resilience and identity could help develop and improve existing policy, services and practice.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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