"Young people who have been in care are disproportionately likely to become NEET and to remain outside education and work for substantial periods of time. There are, as we have seen, a range of negative consequences of this both for individual young people and their families, and for society more broadly."
The issue of young people not in education, training or employment is a priority for Include Youth.
In December 2015 independent research by academics at Huddersfield University produced three different options for policymakers to consider, which if implemented could create 100 per cent employment opportunities for young people in care:
1. Provision of new jobs specifically earmarked for care leavers not in education, employment or training;
2. Ring-fence a small proportion of existing jobs specifically for care leavers;
3. A Care Leavers' Pledge calling upon employers to support care leavers.
The full research report was commissioned by Include Youth and BiTCNI to further build on the work of Aiming Higher, and indeed the work of other Northern Ireland-based projects and initiatives that support young people in or leaving care.
We have a considerable amount of expertise and learning, gained from almost 30 years working at both practitioner and policy level with young people who fit within this category, view more of our responses here.