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As the number of children in care in England climbs to a thirty year high, Barnardo’s is today calling on the UK government to set aside vital funds to ensure all care leavers have equal access to lifeline support until the age of 25. Research shows young people who have…
Young people leaving care face worsening outcomes, a committee has warned, as it accused the Government of failing the vulnerable. The quality and cost given to the 10,000 young people aged 16 and over coming out of care each year "varies unacceptably" across the country and is a systemic issue,…
The NSPCC has assembled a new resource for social work professionals involved in transitioning children from a care setting to their home. For a child, returning home from care can be as traumatic as separation. Research studies show high rates of abuse and neglect when a child returns home, with…
To mark the start of National Care Leavers Week 2015, a major project to support young care leavers in Scotland has been announced today. The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant asks corporate parents and others with a role to play in the lives of care leavers to take a bold step…
The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) has published the results of a new report which calls for greater investment in effective family support services to bring about a more concentrated and consistent approach to assisting these young people and their families. The 'Overseen but often…
The Who Cares? Trust has created Propel, an online resource providing full information about UK educational institutions’ pastoral and financial provision for care leavers, as well as inspirational stories from care-experienced students who have successfully made the transition from care to higher education. The charity hopes the new website will…
A new scheme designed to encourage more looked after children into higher education has been launched by the University of Wolverhampton. Aspire2Uni, spearheaded by the University’s Access and Outreach department, aims to raise the educational aspirations of children from care backgrounds by engaging with carers, educators and young people. It…
According to a new report by researchers at Queen’s, and based on a sample of 233 Looked After Children and Young People (LACYP) in Northern Ireland, almost half of children in care in Northern Ireland have behavioural difficulties. The report, carried out by researchers from the School of Sociology, Social…
Children and young people from across the Belfast Trust area who are in foster care received awards for achievements in all aspects of life including academic, musical, sporting and social accomplishments. Around 50 looked after children and young people joined Belfast Trust's Fostering Service and Fostering Network Northern Ireland in…
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, in collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council and Virgin Money have launched a brand new scheme aimed at providing complimentary tickets to Fringe shows for children who are being cared for by City of Edinburgh Council. The project called ‘Access Fringe – Looked-After Children’ comes…
Earlier this month young people across Scotland anxiously waited for their exam results and parents will have been on hand with a supportive hug to congratulate or console their children. But for many young people being brought up in care, who do not stay with their biological family, this may…
A new inquiry into violent abuse at a notorious residential school has been launched by Police Scotland. The Daily Record has reported that a new victim has come forward with claims of attacks by jailed former teacher Matthew George at Kerelaw Residential School in Stevenston, Ayrshire. George, 66, was jailed…
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