Transitions to adulthood: a review of the literature

Over recent years we, and the partners we fund, have become increasingly concerned about
the plight of so many young people leaving school without the necessary support they need. In particular, undocumented NEETs, rising homelessness, inaffordability of housing, poor employment options and progression routes, and mental health are all giving increasing cause for concern.

Young people facing challenges tell us they often don’t know where to turn, especially at the transition point of leaving school.

In order to consider a response, we commissioned a review of the national literature available on the transition to adulthood.

The review reveals the scale and multi layered nature of the issues facing young people today, particularly but not exclusively for the significant proportion who do not enter university or an apprenticeship.

We intend to use the findings to inform our future direction but hope this will also serve as a resource for our partners and the wider sector. We welcome any contributions or reflections, please get in touch.

14th March 2018