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 to ill 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.”