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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Early School Education a Critical Component to Keeping Careleavers Out of Prison

Professor Eileen Baldry responds to concerning statistics outlined in ACWA’s ‘Educational Engagement of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW’ snapshot: ACWA’s report and recommendations should garner urgent attention from government and the education and family and community services sectors. The findings that regularly 20 per cent of children in out-of-home care (OOHC ) are absent […]

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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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