One of ACWA’s key policy areas this year has been educational access for children and young people in out-of-home care. Last month, we provided an update to our members and stakeholders on the progress of this work and the release of our Snapshot: Educational Engagement of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW.
Key findings from the data collected from members reveal:
- One in five school aged children and young people in care are absent from school at any given time.
- Four per cent of school aged children and young people in care were not enrolled in a school.
- One in three school aged children and young people in care did not have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
- Two per cent of school aged children and young people in care were absent due till health.
In his foreword to our report Professor Mark Courtney (University of Chicago) notes: “ACWA’s report highlights the need for greater attention from and coordination between the child welfare and education systems when it comes to the proper education of children in care.”
To further explore the implications of these findings and the role of non-government service providers in supporting the education of children and young people in out-of-home care, we invite members and other interested stakeholders to a presentation of the findings on Wednesday, December 13, from 11:30am – 12:30pm at our Haymarket office.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending this event. Videoconferencing facilities are also available on request.