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Children in Care being let Down

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Guardian March 24, 2002

By Gaby Hinsliff

Children in Care

being let Down

 

   

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Children in care are being shunted from one temporary foster family to another after the failure of government plans to ensure more youngsters win permanent homes.

 

Tony Blair - whose father Leo was fostered out as a baby by his actor parents - took personal charge of an overhaul of adoption during the last Parliament, promising to give hundreds more children a chance of normal family life.

 

However, two key targets set for local authorities by his Government two years ago have not been met. The first was to cut the number of placements - such as being switched between foster families and residential homes - children experience in a year.

 

A second target, to boost the school performance of children in care, has also flopped, with only 37 per cent emerging from care with at least one examination pass last year - against a target of 50 per cent.

 

A Department of Health progress report admits 'significant improvements will need to be made quickly' to hit the target of 75 per cent of children leaving care with at least one exam pass by 2003.

 

Liberal Democrat MP Sandra Gidley, who uncovered the figures, described them as 'shocking'. She said: 'Children need stability and this issue has for too long been neglected.'

 

The Government is still on track on its main pledge, to ensure that more children get adopted rather than languish in children's homes. Two-thirds of those in care are fostered - temporarily or hoping for permanent parents.

 

Health Ministers are seeking to increase recruitment of potential carers, amid warnings that a shortage had forced social workers into making some unsuitable matches.

 

But the disappointing figures will pile pressure on this year's round of Treasury spending negotiations. Education Ministers want more cash to pay for extra classroom helpers for difficult pupils, while the Department of Health is seeking extra funding for social services.

Guardian: Children in care 'being let down'  

 

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Children in care should be sent to the best schools to boost their chances of overcoming child abuse and neglect according to researchers.

Young people who survive severe abuse are being "let down" by councils that fail to support them, a study from the Institute of Education in London found.

 

Students who were taken into care as children because their parents abused them, were drug addicts or alcoholics, go on to perform well at university, the report said.

 

But many are put off applying because they believe they cannot rely on support from their local authority, according to the pioneering five-year project.

The study, sponsored by child support charity the Frank Buttle Trust, found fewer than one in 100 children leaving care go on to university.

This compared with nearly half of young people living with their own families, according to the researchers, led by Professor Sonia Jackson.

But after tracking 129 students at 68 universities, the researchers found that care leavers were less likely to drop out of their studies than the average student in the UK.

The national drop out rate is currently 14%, but among the group of care leavers in the study, the rate fell to 10%.

A third of the students from care backgrounds - 33% - had graduated by the end of the study, 39% were still studying for their degrees.

Only one student in the group had failed their course.

 

 

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