2020 News: Looked after children

12/09/2020: From tearaways to tractor kids: putting down roots on a care farm

Young people with a range of troubles are among many groups thriving on the rural lifestyle offered by Future Roots in Dorset. Jordan Ellis was not suited to school. “I couldn’t just sit there and . . . concentrate. I had to mess about. I hate just sitting in the classroom working, listening to the teachers talk. I don’t like getting told what I have to do,” he says.
Guardian

12/09/2020: ‘We need a game changer for looked-after pupils’

Every year, Scotland reports on the educational outcomes for looked-after children. This publication sets out the attainment, achievements and post-school destinations of school leavers who were in . . . care. Every year, it is awful reading. Statistic after statistic highlights deeply how unfathomably poorly we serve the young people who are in our care – who are our responsibility.
Times Education Supplement

10/09/2020: One in eight children in care ‘placed in unregulated settings’

One in eight children in care has now spent time in unregulated supported accommodation including hostels, caravans and tents, new figures from the children’s commissioner for England reveal. In . . . 2018/19, 12,800 spent some time accommodated in unregulated settings – 69 per cent more than in 2012/13, Anne Longfield’s Unregulated: Children in care living in semi-independent accommodation report shows.
Children and Young People Now

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