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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2010): Child welfare - overseas

The case for enhanced educational supports for children in public care: an integrative literature review of the educational pathway of children in care

K. Snow

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, vol. 4, 2009, p. 300-311

This review integrates published research in English and examines the educational and social outcomes of care leavers. Young people in care have a number of crucial educational needs which, if unmet, lead to adverse adult outcomes. Child protection services need to include the child's educational progress in their long-term planning. Services should prioritise educational continuity, consistency and appropriateness, with consideration given to optimising the child's educational pathway and encouraging schools to play a pivotal community support role.

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