How has the Children Act 2004 had an impact on the education of looked after children in England?

Hendricks, Zarina S. (2009) How has the Children Act 2004 had an impact on the education of looked after children in England? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Introduction
    This research aimed to examine the impact of the Children Act 2004 on the educational attainment of looked after children. In order to achieve this, the writer compared statistical data concerning the educational outcomes for looked after children from 2000 to 2007. The research also explored qualitative data on the ‘corporate parenting’.

    Methodology
    This research was carried out in the form of a literature review, using secondary sources. This was mainly due to the scope and time restraints of the research. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used in order to gain a holistic insight. The context in which the literature review was based upon is the Children Act 2004.

    Findings and Results
    The research identified a trend in the educational attainment of looked after children over the seven years. It also identified a number of problems encountered when trying to fulfil the role of the ‘corporate parent’ in particular, the need for stronger dedication in inter-professional working.

    Conclusion
    It was apparent that low educational attainment of LAC was not due to the lack of Government polices and initiatives, but due to lack of dedication from corporate parents. For the education of looked after children to improve, it requires all agencies to work together, surely having a group of professionals dedicated to improving the education of looked after children can only make the situation better.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 16:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/2343

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