Why Looked After Children Deserve A Better Deal
With over 70,000 children in care in England alone, it is shocking to see in a recent Social Market Foundation report1 that a staggering 63% of local authorities have been reported as “inadequate” and “require improvement” on the services they provide for looked after children.
Within these statistics, 13,790 children are under care services which have been presented with the worst possible grade of “inadequate”. With this being the lowest grade score, it signals that the provider is not doing all they can for those they are caring for and need to improve the services they are providing.
These figures alone emphasise how much work needs to be done to push care services in the right direction in order for looked after children to receive the care they deserve.
Looked After Children are Falling Behind in Exams
Between 2015 and 2016 it was estimated that 39% of the children enrolled in secure training centres had previously been in the care system. Likewise, it was reported that almost a quarter of the population in adult prisons had also been in care and the reoffending rate for people who had been in the care system was almost double the rate of those who hadn’t.
In addition, in 2015 almost 50% of looked after children were diagnosed with a mental health issue and in 2017 40% of care leavers aged 19-21 were not enrolled in education or training.
Leaving this issue to be ignored will encourage a continual decline in the school performance of looked after children until serious action is taken. One of the first steps towards finding a solution is monitoring the current situation, and this can be done with the right tools.
Safeguarding with Looked After Call
Here at The Contact Group, we work towards bridging the communication gap by providing solutions to schools to make engaging with parents, carers, governors, staff and students easier.
Our Looked After Call product monitors the attendance, assessment progress and PEPs of looked after children in schools. With the use of manual calling and automated data extraction, Looked After Call will provide accurate and secure data across all types of establishments. To make it easier, the data we collect will be generated into a straight forward, personalised report and sent to the Virtual School which will be made accessible online.
Within these reports, you will be notified of any new students, exclusions or moves, while adhering to GDPR laws to keep confidential and personal data protected.
For more information on our Looked After Call service to see how it can assist local authorities in improving the grades of children in care, please click here.
1 - www.smf.co.uk/publications/looked-after-children/?doing_wp_cron=1534781663.7676711082458496093750