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.