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Interactive Behaviors for Building Independence in Exceptional Youth

ByKEITH J. TOPPING, JOCELYN FOGGIE

UK government policy and legislation has been especially concerned with young people at risk of social exclusion sometimes known as the NEET group (Not in Education, Employment, or Training; e.g., Berthoud, 2003; Gilligan, 2000; Raffe, Brannen, & Croxford, 2001). This chapter reports on a project in Scotland which deployed key workers to support young people who had recently left school and were at risk of social exclusion, aiming to enhance independence, self-suffi ciency, and employability. The youngsters were exceptional and vulnerable in the sense that many had a variety of special needs, while others were involved with drugs or the criminal justice system.