Emma Davidson, a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow based at CRFR, has contributed to a new edited collection published by Policy Press. ‘Youth marginality in Britain’ offers a new perspective by promoting young people’s voices and understanding the agency behind their actions. Emma’s chapter, written with Dr Lisa Whittaker, is concerned with the voices of care experienced young adults and the ways in which past experiences in care can leave a mark on present and imagined futures. The chapter argues that there is need for emotion, love and permanence in corporate parenting, but structural, organisational and attitudinal barriers remain. Legislation is responding, but further effort is required to shift the powerfully embedded inequalities that care leavers continue to face.

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