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‘We are the same as everyone else just with a different and unique backstory’: Identity, belonging and ‘othering’ within education for young people who are ‘looked after’

Jones, Lisa; Dean, Charlotte; Dunhill, Ally; Hope, Max A.; Shaw, Patricia

Authors

Ally Dunhill

Max A. Hope



Abstract

This paper develops understandings of how being publicly identified and consequently labelled as ‘looked after’ can have damaging consequences for young people, particularly in how they are perceived by their peers in the context of schooling. Based on qualitative research in northern England utilising participatory approaches with young people and interviews with support staff, we explore barriers that inhibit young people’s sense of belonging. We highlight how the very processes and practices set up to support the young people can often have unintended consequences by routinely positioning them as Other, before considering the implications for education and schooling in particular.

Citation

Shaw, P. A., Jones, L., Dean, C., Dunhill, A., Hope, M. A., & Shaw, P. (2020). ‘We are the same as everyone else just with a different and unique backstory’: Identity, belonging and ‘othering’ within education for young people who are ‘looked after’. Children & society, 34(6), 492-506. https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12382

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 5, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 6, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2021
Journal Children and Society
Print ISSN 0951-0605
Electronic ISSN 1099-0860
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 6
Pages 492-506
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12382
Keywords Belonging; Education; Looked after; Othering; Young people
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3475934
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chso.12382