Education of Looked After Children Report

Voices From Care have developed a report which saught the views of looked after children and care leavers  regarding their experences of life being looked after in education.

The report, ' Education, What it means to me' was commissioned by Welsh Government, was developed using the word of those with care experence through conuslation workshops and surveys, developed by Voices From Care. A secodary report seeking the views of the profestional who work with looked after children has also been developed.

These reports complement research undertaken by CASCADE, Fostering Network and Voices From Care which aim to infom the Welsh Governements strategy, Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

This joint strategy between the Department for Education and Public Services and the Department for Health and Social Services was subject to a full and public consultation.

In addition, the strategy has been informed by dedicated stakeholder engagement conducted by the Fostering Network and Voices From Care who reported the views on education of foster carers and children who are looked after. Research conducted by CASCADE – Cardiff University on the educational experiences of children who are looked after has also been referenced in the strategy.

This strategy identifies the areas where action needs to be targeted to further support the educational attainment of children who are looked after, primarily of compulsory school age but also includes transition to further and higher education.

The strategy is accompanied by an action plan which sets out theme by theme the Welsh Government's commitment to improve educational outcomes for children who are looked after. It contains a timeframe for specific actions to be undertaken by the Welsh Government and its key partners.
A report compiled as a result of the public consultation events held in March 2015 is available on request. Please email LACstrategy@wales.gsi.gov.uk for a copy.

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