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Title: Failing children? : a study of the educational experiences of young people in residential care
Author: Francis, J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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Abstract:
This study has investigated the educational experiences and circumstances of twenty-eight young people in seven residential care homes in a large local authority in Scotland.  All of the young people were secondary school aged. Research indicates that children looked after away from home are at a particular educational disadvantage. In comparison with their peers they tend to be behind in their attainments, leave school with fewer qualifications and be more at risk of being excluded from school (HMI/SWSI, 2001). This study therefore sought to consider how the young people in the sample were faring educationally and whether the Looking After Children (LAC) materials made a positive contribution to the educational progress of a sub-set. The degree to which these aims were met during the investigation is mixed, reflecting variations in the quality of available information across the study sample and highlighting a general concern about the standard of record keeping in both social work and education departments in the study authority. The data obtained in the study provide a rich picture of the experiences and backgrounds of the young people together with important insights into their in-care experience so far as it relates to their education. These data concern the backgrounds and home circumstances of the young people, their reasons for coming into contact with social work services, their school experiences before and after coming into care, issues relating to their care placements and details of the interplay between their school and care careers. A range of research methods were used in the study, including the examination of documentary sources of data, semi-structured qualitative interviews and a quasi-experiment design. Data obtained through interviews suggest that one of the major strengths of the LAC materials is their potential capacity to facilitate a sense of agreement about shared responsibilities. However, a major area of concern raised in the study is the disproportionate level of school exclusion experienced by looked after young people and from the views expressed by residential workers it is doubtful if the potential of the materials can be realised without the issue of exclusion being addressed on a broader strategic policy level.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.651083  DOI: Not available
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