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For the past 25 years Professor Stein has been researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving substitute care (foster and residential care) and, recently, the experiences of children and young people living on the streets, running away from care and vulnerable adolescents. He was involved in the preparation of the Leaving Care Guidance for the Children Act 1989 and the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 as well as training materials for both Acts. He has been consulted by government, local authorities and voluntary organisations on the development of leaving care services nationally and internationally. He is currently involved in the development of an international network of leaving care researchers
Research interestsYoung people leaving care – research, theory policy and practice; comparative research on care leavers; young people running away from home and care; vulnerable young people including abused and neglected adolescents and young people with mental health problems.
Current and recent projects
Stein, M. and Munro, E. (2008) Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood: International Research and Practice, London, Jessica Kingsley.
Stein, M. (2006) 'Missing years of abuse in children's homes', Child and Family Social Work, Vol 11, No. 1, pp. 11-21.
Stein, M. (2006) 'Research Review: Young people leaving care', Child and Family Social Work, Vol 11, No. 3, pp. 273-279.
Stein, M. (2006) 'Wrong turn', Society Guardian, 6th. December, p. 6.
Stein, M. (2006) 'Young people ageing out of care: the poverty of theory', Children and Youth Services Review, Vol 28, No. 4, pp. 422-434.
Stein, M. and Dixon, J. (2006) 'Young people leaving care in Scotland', European Journal of Social Work, Vol 9, No. 4, pp. 407-423.
Stein, M. (2005) Resilience and Young People Leaving Care, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York. http://www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/eBooks/185935369X.pdf
Stein, M. (2005) Young people leaving care: poverty across the life course, in At Greatest Risk, Child Poverty Action Group, London.
Clayden, J., and Stein, M. (2005) Mentoring Young People Leaving Care: 'Someone for Me', Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.
Dixon, J. and Stein, M. (2005) Leaving Care. Throughcare and Aftercare in Scotland, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
Gibbs, I., Sinclair, I., and Stein, M. (2005) 'Children and young people in and leaving care', in J. Bradshaw and E. Mayhew (eds) The Well-Being of Children in the UK, London: Save the Children, pp202-220.
Kufeldt, K., and Stein, M. (2005) 'The voice of young people: reflections on the care experience and the process of leaving care', in J. Scott and H. Ward (eds) Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children, Families and Communities, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp134-148.
Stein, M. (2004) What Works for Young People Leaving Care? Barnardos, Ilford.
Stein, M. (2004) 'What works in practice?', in Child Welfare: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare , vol. 3 N. Frost, ed., Routledge, Andover, pp. 283-292.
Stein, M. and Carey, K. (2004) 'Looking back again', in Child Welfare: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare , vol. 3 N. Frost, ed., Routledge, Andover, pp. 267-275.
Biehal, N., Clayden, J., Stein, M., and Wade, J. (2004) 'Developing leaving care services', in Child Welfare: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare , vol. 3 N. Frost, ed., Routledge, Andover, pp. 295-301.
Frost, N. and Stein, M. (2004) 'A history of child welfare', in Child Welfare: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare , vol. 1 N. Frost, ed., Routledge, Andover, pp. 270-289.
Dixon, J., Stein, M. (2003) 'Leaving care in Scotland - the residential experience', Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, vol. 2, pp7-17.
Stein, M (2002) Leaving Care in McNeish, Newman and Roberts (eds.) What Works? Effective social care services for children and families, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Stein, M. and Rees, G. (2002) 'Young people leaving care and young people who go missing', in The Well-Being of Children in the UK , J. Bradshaw, ed., Save the Children, London, pp. 136-152.
Clayden, J., and Stein, M. (2002) The Way It Is: Young People on Race, School Exclusion and Leaving Care, The Prince's Trust, London.
Dixon, J. & Stein, M. (2002) A Study of Throughcare and Aftercare Services in Scotland. Scotland's Children, Research Findings No. 3 , Scottish Executive, Edinburgh.
Dixon, J., and Stein, M. (2002) Still a Bairn: Throughcare and Aftercare Services in Scotland, Scottish Executive: Edinburgh.
Stein, M. (2001) 'Leaving care, education and career trajectories', in Nobody Ever Told Us School Mattered , S. Jackson, ed., BAAF, London, pp. 111-129.
Stein, M. 2001, "Leaving Care Services Across the UK", in Comparative Models in Leaving Care: Towards Effective Social Work Practice , The Big Step, Glasgow, p. 6.
Stein, M, Suffian, J and Hazelhurst, M (2001) Supporting Care Leavers, Department of Health, London.
Stein, M. (2000) 'Abuse in residential care', in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Work , M. Davies, ed., Blackwell, Oxford, p. 1.
Stein, M. (2000) 'Leaving care', in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Work , M. Davies, ed., Blackwell, Oxford, p. 192.
Stein, M. (2000) 'Leaving care (contribution)', in The Mental Health Needs of Looked After Children , J. Richardson & C. Joughin, eds., Gaskell, London , pp. 98-100.
Stein, M. (2000) 'Lesirea din ocrotire', in Asistenta Sociala in Marea Britanie si Romanie , UNICEF, Bucharest, pp. 54-70.
Stein, M, Pinkerton, J and Kelleher, P (2000) Young People Leaving Care in England, Ireland and Northern Ireland: A comparative research perspective, European Journal of Social Work, 3, 3: 235-246.
Stein, M and Wade, J (2000) Helping Care Leavers: problems and strategic responses, Department of Health, London.
Frost, N., Johnson, L., Stein, M., and Wallis (2000) 'Home-Start and the delivery of family support', Children and Society, vol. 14, no. 5, pp328-342.
Koprowska, J. and Stein, M. (2000) 'The mental health of looked-after young people', in Young People and Mental Health , P. Aggleton, J. Hurry, & I. Warwick, eds., John Wiley, London.
Wallis, L., and Stein, M. (2000) Research on Leaving Care Guides Summary: recommendations and findings, Department of Health: London.