Let Them Learn: A Foster Carer’s Experience

A foster carer shares her experiences of working within a school community in this latest article in ACWA’s ‘Let Them Learn’ series on the educational needs of children in care: Ashley was aged five when he came to live with us one evening in June last year as an emergency care placement. Ashley’s caseworker was keen for me […]

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Education and Out-of-Home Care: Highlighting the Need for Change

Prompted by alarming research findings, Allambi Care has initiated its ‘Learning Without Walls’ program in a bid to boost educational opportunities and outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care. Education Manager Parker Jackson explains: Allambi Care experiences the disadvantage impacting children and young people in education daily. A recent snapshot of residential clients […]

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Supporting the Educational Aspirations of Care Leavers and Young People in Care

In this latest article in ACWA’s ‘Let Them Learn’ series on the educational needs of children in care, Richard Pourau writes about the positive work being carried out by Western Sydney University to address some of the potential barriers to educational achievement experienced by this cohort. Young people within the out-of-home care system, as well […]

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Transitioning to Primary School: Jake’s Story

This case study provides valuable insight into the collective commitment that can be involved in supporting the educational needs of children in care: Jake did not cope with the transition into a formal education setting. Having entered foster care at 3 months of age due to non-accidental injuries, he had been in a stable long-term […]

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The Impact of Health on the Educational Performance of Children in Care

Paediatrician Dr Karen McLean provides frontline insight into health related factors that are contributing to the poor educational outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care: As a paediatrician, I have seen significant challenges with the intersection between the health sector and the welfare/child protection sector, and have long suspected there are similar difficulties […]

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