Transitional Support Interventions for Care Leavers: A Scoping Review

Julie Feather, Dan Allen, Rhian Crompton, Zoey Jones, Angela Christiansen, Gavin Butler

The purpose of this scoping review was to identify and map knowledge on different types of transitional support interventions currently available to support transition to independent living for care leavers.

An extensive search using four research databases was undertaken, resulting in 36 relevant articles for inclusion. Findings were organised thematically into four broad areas:

  1. Extended care;
  2. A Helping Relationship;
  3. Family; and
  4. Employment, Education and Training.

Findings show that offering a combination of targeted interventions can contribute to a more successful transition. Effective relationship-based practices are critical to the success of transitional support interventions.