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Addressing low attainment of children in public care : the Scottish experience

Connelly, Graham and Furnivall, Judith (2013) Addressing low attainment of children in public care : the Scottish experience. European Journal of Social Work, 16 (1). pp. 88-104. ISSN 1468-2664

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    Abstract

    Policy and practice in relation to the education of looked-after children in Scotland have been significantly influenced as a result of two landmark reports, Learning with Care (2001), and Looked After Children: We Can and Must do Better (2007). This paper provides an account of the main policy developments which are set within the distinctive Scottish legal and educational context. The second report, in particular, has been followed by a more strategic approach to implementing change. There is evidence of considerable infrastructural development, both in the looked-after children sector and more widely in education services. There is also evidence of improvement in outcomes, notably in school attendance and the attainment of children in out of home care. While outcomes generally still lag behind those of children who are not looked after, those of children who are looked after while remaining in the family home remain relatively resistant to improvement. This aspect has been neglected in research so far. It is also not well understood how the policy changes have impacted on organisational change and developments in practice.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 35856
    Keywords: looked after children, education, children in care, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Sociology and Political Science, Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 16:45
    Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 13:54
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35856

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