Supporting the education of Children Looked After
The Government has established specific objectives under the Quality Protects Programme to explore the outcomes and life chances for Children Looked After . This includes specific targets in relation to school attendance and achievement.
Within the Unit there is a small team of education professionals who have allocated time to support the inclusion of Children Looked After in Schools. They work in Partnership with Social Workers and Foster Carers to promote education for all children looked after by the Authority.
The professionals involved include a teacher, an education welfare officer and an educational psychologist.
A teacher is based in the Learning Support Service in the Unit. Part of this role is either directly teaching Children Looked After, supporting schools with Personal Education Plans or tracking the progress of Children Looked After.
An Education Welfare Officer is based in the Education Welfare Service in the Unit. Part of this role promotes and supports the attendance of Children Looked After.
The Educational Psychologist is based in the Education Psychology Service in the Unit. Part of this role is to support carers and young people looked after, as well as liaison with colleagues working at Children & Families and School Advice & Support.
The main aims of these professionals are to:
- promote joint working between education and social services in the support of Children Looked After.
- promote attendance.
- raise achievement.
- provide alternative strategies to exclusion.
- offer advice and support to social workers and foster carers on educational issues, where appropriate.
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