Educating looked after children
Many Kent schools have pupils looked after by a local authority.
The term 'Looked After Children' (LAC) refers to children and young
people who are in public care. These young people may be
accommodated in children's homes or foster homes. They may also be
living at home or with extended families on care orders. Some
children are looked after by Kent County Council by virtue of being
unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
These children can be at risk of underachieving at school
because they have experienced disruption to their family life and
education. Some may have low expectations, poor emotional and
psychological health and a lack of family support.
Education is an important pathway to a better life for them and
Kent County Council is determined to raise the achievement of
looked after children.
Each local authority has a responsibility under the Children's
Act to safeguard and promote the welfare and education of all young
people it looks after. A duty of 'corporate parenting' requires the
authority to do all that a 'good parent' would. Government
guidelines gives specific responsibilities to all those involved in
providing or supporting their education.
Follow this link to read Kent's Pledge to Children and Young People in
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