Professor Mike Stein

BA, App Soc St. (Hons); M.Phil (Leeds)

  • Emeritus Professor of Social Policy
  • Joint Co-ordinator of the Transitions from Care to Adulthood International Research group (INTRAC)


Areas of expertise

  • Young people leaving care including empirical, comparative and historical research
  • Neglected and maltreated teenagers
  • The Rights of young people living in and leaving care

Academic biography

I have had substantial experience of directing, supervising and carrying out research and evaluation. Awards from Research Councils, Government Departments, Local Authorities and National and international Charities have included: pioneering research on care leavers in the UK and internationally; neglected adolescents; safeguarding maltreated adolescents; through-care and after care in Scotland; street children; young runaways from home and care; mentoring for care leavers, and comparative research.

I have been involved in the preparation of Guidance for Leaving Care legislation in the UK.  I acted as the academic adviser to the Governments Quality Protects Research programme and was a member of the Laming Review on ‘keeping children in care out of trouble’ (2015-2016)

My current work includes acting as a research consultant to: Foundation on their Springboard Leaving Care project evaluation, and to the Children’s Society on their Adolescent Neglect Research programme. I have also been working with Children’s Services in improving pathway planning through staff training, and supporting a group of young care leavers in the development of a digital pathway plan.

I am currently a joint co-ordinator of the Transitions from Care to Adulthood International Research group (INTRAC) representing 17 countries and have worked with SOS Children’s Villages on pioneering research on leaving care in post-communist societies (16 countries).

Professional activities

  • Member of the UNICEF Children’s Rights Partners Advisory Group
  • Member of the Social Finance Steering Committee Leaving Care Analytics Hub
  • Member of the Professional Advisory Network for the Northern Ireland Care Pathways and Outcomes Study, funded by the ESRC
  • Member of the Laming Review on ‘Keeping Children in Care Out of Trouble’ (2014-2016)
  • Member of UNESCO global network on youth mentoring


Current research interests and projects

Research Consultancies

  • Consultant to the evaluation of Foundation’s Springboard 2 Leaving Care project, funded as part of the Big Lottery’s Youth in Focus programme (2016-2018)   
  • Member of Consultancy team to Focus Ireland on ‘leaving care’ (beginning 2017)•    Research consultant to the Children’s Society Adolescent Neglect research programme (2016-2017)   
  • Consultant to two projects, funded under the DFE Children’s Social Care innovation programme (2015-2016)

Research, scholarship and research networks   

  • Joint co-ordinator of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) – 17 member countries   
  • Developing further comparative work on young people’s transitions from care to adulthood in European and post-communist Eastern European and Central Asian Societies (see Stein,2014) – data on 33 countries  
  • Developing further work on the history of the rights movement of young people in care and the history of leaving care




Leaving care

Stein M (forthcoming, 2017) Supporting young people from care to adulthood: international practice, Child and Family Social work.

Rees G and Stein M (2016) Children and young people in and leaving care in Bradshaw J (Ed) The Well-being of children in the UK, Bristol, Fourth Edition Policy Press, Bristol

Stein M (2015) Supportive Pathways for Young People Leaving Care, Lessons from four decades of research, in Whittaker, J, Del Valle J and Holmes, L (eds) Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth, London, JKP

Stein M (2014) Young people’s transitions from Care to Adulthood in European and Post-communist Eastern European and Central Asian Societies, Australian Social Work, Vol. 67. 1

Stein M (2012) Young People Leaving Care, Supporting pathways to adulthood, London, Jessica Kingsley.

Stein M and  Verweijen-Slamnescu R (2012) When Care Ends, Lessons from Peer Research, insights from young people on leaving care in Albania, the Czech Republic, Finland and Poland, Innsbruk, SOS Children’s Villages International

Stein, M and Dumaret, A-C (2011) The mental health of young people aging out of care and entering adulthood: Exploring the evidence from England and France, Children and Youth Services Review, V33,12

Stein, M, Ward H, Courtney M (2011) Editorial: International perspectives on young people’s transitions from care to adulthood, Children and Youth Services Review, V33,12

Stein (2011) Care Less Lives, the story of the rights movement of young people in care, London, Catch 22

Stein M and Morris (2010) Knowledge Review 3, Increasing the numbers of care leavers in ‘settled, safe’ accommodation,

Neglected and maltreated teenagers

Stein M (2015) Why is adolescent neglect and important issue? in Too old, too young? London, The Children’s Society, London

Hicks L and Stein M (2015), Understanding and working with adolescent neglect: perspectives from research, young people and professionals, Child and Family Social Work, 20, 2

Rees G, Stein M, Hicks L, and Gorin S (2011). Adolescent Neglect, Research Policy and Practice, London,  Jessica Kingsley

Rees, G., Gorin, S., Jobe, A., Stein, M., Medforth, R. and Goswami. H. (2010) Safeguarding Young People: Responding to Young People Aged 11–17 who are Maltreated, Executive summary. London: The Children’s Society.

Hicks L and Stein M (2010) Neglect Matters: A multi-agency guide for professional working together on behalf of teenagers, London; DCSF

Stein, M, Rees G, Hicks, L, Gorin S, (2009) Neglected Adolescents: Literature Review Research Brief; London; DSCF

Mike Stein

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Professor Mike Stein
Emeritus Professor of Social Policy