Are home educated children more vulnerable to parental abuse than those educated within schools?

Skipper, Emily (2010) Are home educated children more vulnerable to parental abuse than those educated within schools? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Badman (2009) was charged with undertaking the Review of Elective Home Education in England, following a number of serious case reviews which involved home educated children. Since the publication of this report, there has been on-going media and government debate regarding the ways in which home educated children are reviewed and monitored by the Local Education Authorities (LEA’s). There have been many assumptions that home education could be used to cover up child abuse and neglect (Badman 2009, Bates 2009, Paton 2009). This study aims to examine whether home educated children are more vulnerable to parental abuse, than those children educated within schools. The author undertook a literature review followed by a research project involving both educational and social care professionals. The author designed a questionnaire using questions relating to how current legislation is used, and how legislation and key policies could be improved. The thoughts and attitudes of the educational and social care professionals regarding the Badman review (2009) and whether they felt that home educated children were vulnerable to parental abuse was also included in the questionnaire through direct question and opportunity for comments. Seventy three participants took part in the authors study. These participants included social workers from within children and family based teams, professionals working within education welfare and professionals working within a junior school. All these professionals contributed, through questionnaires, in the authors evaluation of whether home educated children are more vulnerable to parental abuse than those educated within schools. The results from the literature review and project revealed that although home educated children are not thought to be more vulnerable to parental abuse than those educated within schools, there is an urgent need for the current legislation to be evaluated. This evaluation will ensure that all home educated children are safeguarded from parental abuse whilst experiencing an education which allows them to maximise their potentials.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/811

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