Improving the education of looked after children: a guide for local authorities and service providers

This guide for practice booklet is based on the key findings of the national research of Scottish Government-funded pilot projects in 18 Scottish local authorities carried out by the University of Strathclyde between 2006 and 2008.

The suggestions for practice in this booklet have been written for everyone involved in being a ‘corporate parent’ for looked after children, young people and care leavers. These include key service managers in local authorities and other service providers, designated managers in schools and residential establishments, educational psychologists, teachers, social workers, residential care workers and foster carers.

The guide focuses on four particular aspects of practice: raising the profile of looked after children and young people within local authorities and other service providers, monitoring the educational outcomes of looked after children and young people, advice on setting up and running a project with the aim of raising the educational attainment and achievement of looked after children and young people, and focusing on achievement and aspiration.

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