Looked-After Children: We can and must do better

The Looked After Children report is intended for everyone who is concerned with looked-after children and young people and their families.  It sets out five key themes – working together; becoming effective lifelong learners; developing into successful and responsible adults; being emotionally, mentally and physically healthy; and feeling safe and nurtured in a home setting.The report highlights and addresses eight notable messages:

  • The importance of the corporate parent role.
  • The need to raise awareness of the educational needs of looked after children and young people and improve training for all foster carers, residential workers, lead professionals, support workers and associated professionals.
  • The need for clarity regarding the role and responsibilities of the designated person within schools and residential establishments.
  • The importance of providing flexible and appropriate support before, during and post transitions.
  • The importance of physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing in facilitating positive educational outcomes.
  • The need for good quality accommodation, which supports the education, training or employment of looked after children and young people.
  • The importance of clear advice and a range of emotional, practical and financial support for looked after young people as they make the transition to adulthood and independent living.
  • The vital importance of stability and continuity within education and care settings.

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