Engaging Young People in Care in Education is Critical

Education is a springboard to opportunity in life. So why is it not a priority for children and young people in care? Institute of Child Protection Studies Director Professor Daryl Higgins writes in response to a study conducted by ACWA highlighting the difficulties faced by NSW children in achieving an appropriate education: Based on a […]

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‘Let Them Learn’: ACWA Sets its Advocacy Sights on Improving Educational Outcomes of NSW Children in Care

ACWA has embarked upon an advocacy initiative that seeks to raise the unacceptable levels of educational disadvantage currently experienced by children and young people living in out-of-home care in NSW. Our ‘Let Them Learn’ project aims to bring about system wide change to ensure this vulnerable cohort has access to appropriate education that will prepare […]

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The Relationship Between Key Care Transitions and Education

For children and young people, transitioning through the many different stages of life is a natural part of growing up. When life transitions are appropriately supported and reasonably anticipated, they can enhance a child’s development. Normal transitions such as the move from primary to secondary school, can present children with exciting changes and opportunity for […]

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The Need to Do Better Educating NSW Children in Care

“Education is particularly important for children in care, as it is integral to their overall development and wellbeing, and provides an important gateway to future employment and life opportunities.”  [1] The powerful positive influence that high quality education can have on the life trajectory of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) is well known, […]

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