Girls and Boys Town South Africa (GBTSA) and the University of Johannesburg Department of Social Work are delighted to present their latest research report: Resilience and Outcomes of South African Girls and Boys Town Care-Leavers Seven Years On.
This is the third annual report presenting the most recent findings from the Growth Beyond the Town longitudinal research study. The data presented in this report tracks the findings from project’s inception in 2012 till late 2020.
The findings are based on 176 participants who were formally interviewed just prior to their disengagement from GBTSA, and outcomes data from most of these care-leavers were measured annually during follow-up interviews.
The report analyses resilience variables that predict outcomes for care-leavers as they transition out of residential care and towards independent living.
Follow-up interviews enable us to measure various outcomes of care-leavers across a range of independent living outcomes. Most of the outcomes measured remained the same or improved over the years:
GBTSA practices are based on evidence and research. Our teams can deliver the treatment and services most likely to achieve the goals and meet the needs of our youth and their families. It also creates opportunities for wider implementation of successful programmes and strategies to equip youth leave care with relevant and impactful skills – such as going for a job interview; dealing with Home Affairs; applying for a bursary.
Each person who enters our gates becomes part of our GBTSA family and it is important to us to continue checking up with them and their family to see how they are doing. We are grateful to see that they too appreciate the care and we look forward to keeping up with their progress in life.
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