Previously Looked After Children (message from Nicola Hopper)
Please see below a message from Nicola Hopper, Education Advisor, Previously Looked After Children, Gloucestershire County Council.
Within the Virtual School, I have the remit to give educational guidance and support to the families and schools of Previously Looked After Children. A child is looked after by a local authority if a court has granted a care order to place a child in care, or a council’s children’s services department has cared for the child for more than 24 hours. Previously looked-after children are those who are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order; or they were adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.
Please could you reply by email to Nicola.Hopper@gloucestershire.gov.uk to say who in your establishment has this responsibility with their contact details. I’m keen to put together this information as a database and consider how we can work together to enable this cohort of young people to achieve their educational best.
Looked-after and previously looked-after children start with the disadvantage of their pre-care experiences and, often, have special educational needs. Research shows that adopted children experience higher rates of social, emotional and behavioural needs, with around 38% having clinically significant levels of difficulty. And academic attainment is also significantly affected – data collected by the Department for Education in 2014 shows that at key stage 2, only 49% of children reached age related expectations in reading, writing and maths, compared with 75% of non-adopted children.
Education Advisor – Previously Looked After Children
Gloucestershire County Council