Care Leavers Training
Looked after Children and Care Leavers Strategy
It is estimated that about 4% of this very vulnerable group will make it to Higher Education this is in stark comparison to 48% of the rest of our young people. These children and Young People face barriers that most will never have to face, barriers that have a clear effect on their Emotional Social and Educational outcomes. The reasons behind this are complex and so are the possible solutions. It is sobering to note that In Scotland alongside Local Authorities and other organisations, post-16 educational providers have the responsibility of Corporate Parent.
From an educational point of view research has identified a need for some improvements and Reaching Wider strategy for Looked after Children and Care Leavers aims to address some of these barriers. There are two main thrusts to this strategy core work and funded projects:
Core work with Looked after children; raising awareness
Working closely with Bangor, Glyndwr and Aberystwyth Universities Ann Bierd delivers awareness raising sessions to PGCE and Childhood Studies students.. These sessions aim to raise awareness of the barriers that Children in care face and to encourage future teachers and carers to take an appropriate response to these vulnerable children including become designated teachers within schools and receiving training in Attachment Disorders. A similar session is available for staff in FE colleges and Universities across the region.
Core work with Looked after children Sessions are provided for institutions to raise awareness of the need for them to continue to develop strategies both in terms of outreach whilst children are of school age continuing through to an institution providing support for the young people who manage to reach Higher Education. It is worth noting that ALL Universities in Wales won the Frank Buttle Trust award given to institutions that demonstrate the financial, practical and caring support that will help care experienced young People stay the course, these hard won awards must not be lost. In Scotland alongside Local Authorities and other organisations, post-16 educational providers have the responsibility of Corporate Parent.