What helps and hinders looked after children progressing onto higher education?
Hall, Kayleigh Jemma
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background and Objectives - There are a minimal amount of looked after children who pursue higher education ambitions especially compared to the general population. This research (alongside others) could be highly beneficial especially when assessing what helps and hinders looked after children progressing onto higher education. It enables professionals to ensure the barriers are minimal and overcome whilst also ensuring they have a high chance to achieve academically. Methods - A systematic approach was taken in order to gather and gain as much relevant information in the short time available. Due to these time constraints, resources and accessing the sample, a primary investigation was not feasible. Due to the literature acquired, combinations of qualitative and quantitative methods were used and a thematic analysis was applied to draw out themes and relevant commonalities. Findings - The areas that have been identified as what can help and hinder looked after children progressing onto university have been acknowledged and noted. Theories and relationships with others have also emerged through the themes and have thus been incorporated into the literature review and findings. Discussion - This systematic review demonstrates the various barriers and positives that can either aid or hinder with the academic progression for looked after children. Support is the biggest identifier for both ends of the spectrum.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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