Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

National IRO Managers Partnership

Updated statutory guidance – published 26 February 2018

Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

Statutory guidance for local authorities to support looked-after and previously looked-after children’s aspirations to achieve in further and higher education.

Main points

  • Looked-after and previously looked-after children start with the disadvantage of their pre-care experiences and, often, have special educational needs. VSHs have a key role to ensure these children have the maximum opportunity to reach their full educational potential – an important part of why this role was made statutory.
  • For looked-after children, as part of a local authority’s corporate parent role, the VSH needs to be the educational advocate that parents are for others.
  • For previously looked-after children, the VSH will be a source of advice and information to help their parents to advocate for them as effectively as possible. VSHs are not acting as part of the corporate parent role in these…

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