The transition from institutional care to adulthood and independence : a social services professional and institutional caregiver perspective in Harare, Zimbabwe

Getrude Dadirai GWENZI*

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Abstract

Much research has explored transitions into adulthood for children living in out-of-home care. However, most of these studies are concentrated in Western countries, leaving a gap of information from the Global South. This paper discusses findings from a small-scale qualitative study conducted in Harare, Zimbabwe. Semi-structured interviews with (n = 18) institutional caregivers and social workers, complemented with site observations at selected institutions for children, were conducted. Data were analyzed using thematic coding. Findings show that young people aging out from Harare’s care institutions face challenges making their transition from care into adulthood. Their age at the time of exit is turning care leavers into instant adults and, without much support, their outcomes are poor. Community attitude towards previously institutionalized young people also affects the transition because of the stigma attached. The study concludes that a lack of information about care leaver outcomes impacts on service delivery for this group. Additionally, the lack of financial and human resources hinders the support that could be provided to care leavers, in the form of transitional housing or family support after successful reunification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-262
Number of pages15
JournalChild Care in Practice
Volume25
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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Bibliographical note

The study was done in fulfillment of the M.Sc. in Social Policy at University College Cork, Ireland.

Keywords

  • Care leavers
  • adulthood
  • aging out
  • independence
  • institutional care
  • transitions

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Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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