Research review: Aging out of residential care in South Africa

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Approximately 21,000 children were accommodated in residential care in South Africa in 2011/2012. Despite this large number, and the state's substantial financial investment in residential care, there has, until recently, been little research on care-leaving: the transition out of care due to reaching adulthood. Furthermore, much of the research available has not been published in international journals. This article reports on a systematic review of research on residential care-leaving in South Africa, from 2003 to 2016. A thematic analysis of the resulting 40 research outputs maps the scope of findings from South African research, in relation to theory of leaving care, measurement tools developed, young people's experiences of leaving care, transitional outcomes, processes of leaving care, facilitators of improved outcomes, care-leaving services, and policy on leaving care. Critical gaps in the current research opus are identified, with a view to refining future research on young people aging out of care in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-521
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


  • South Africa
  • children's homes
  • leaving care
  • outcomes
  • youth aging out of care
  • youth transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health (social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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