One of ACWA’s key policy areas in 2017 has been educational access for children and young people in out-of-home care. In October 2017 we released 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.”