Previous research has shown that when compared to the majority of their peers, young people with looked-after status typically ‘underachieve’ within the education system. Following the Children Act 2004, local authorities have a statutory duty to ‘promote’ the educational achievement of looked-after children and young people. Thus, the implications for local authorities and their statutory duties are far reaching in terms of the development and implementation of appropriate policies. This thesis therefore, seeks to explore this landscape through a qualitative study of a sample of local authorities in Wales and their different models of promoting the educational attainment of young people with looked-after status.
Start date:October 2011
Research Topic:Looked-after children and education
Research Supervisor:Professor Andrew Pithouse and Dr Teresa de Villiers
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship