Educational attainment of children and young people in the looked-after care system

Lynette Harland*

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Over the last five years there has been a significant increase in the number of children in care. Despite service provision, the outcomes for these children differ significantly from their counterparts, particularly in relation to educational attainment. While 68% of children in care have special needs, this does not explain the difference in attainment for 32% of children in care. Research indicates that stereotyping, lower expectations and the experience of care are significant factors. Although positive work is being done, the differences in outcomes for children in care suggest further emphasis is needed. Experiences in early life impact on outcomes across the lifespan and it is here where as school nurses and health visitors, we can make a positive contribution for children in care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages3
JournalCommunity Practitioner
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


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