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Research project

Understanding looked after young people's experiences and needs when moving towards independence

Project overview

A collaborative project between the Speak Out group of young people at Step by Step Foundation Ltd and the Centre for Homelessness Research and Practice at the University of Southampton. Young people will share their experiences of how they feel prepared and underprepared for independent living when they leave their supported lodgings. Recommendations for policy and practice will the be co-produced and shared with decision makers.


Lead researcher

Dr Becky Ward PGCE, PhD, FHEA, CPsychol

Teaching Fellow

Research interests

  • Psychological approaches to homelessness
  • Homeless prevention for young people
  • Developmental psychology
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Research outputs