Presentation on theme: "An Introduction to Being Looked After"— Presentation transcript:
1An Introduction to Being Looked After Unit objectives:To acquire information about looked after children and care leavers in Scotland.To consider why they are at particular risk of having poor outcomes, including low educational attainment, and physical and mental health difficulties.To emphasise that despite barriers, looked after children can achieve.To draw attention to the impact individual workers can having in providing encouragement and in having high aspirations for children.To explain how support for looked after children is part of the wider GIRFEC principles.To reflect on the implications for your own work context and professional responsibilities.
2‘Looked after’ defined AT HOME while staying with family. [Legally subject of a supervision requirement with no condition of residence through the Children’s Hearing system.]AWAY FROM HOME e.g. in foster care, kinship care, a children’s home, residential school, secure unit. [Legally subject of a supervision requirement with a condition of residence through the Children’s Hearing system, a permanence order, or accommodated by voluntary agreement.]
3Where children are placed 40%: home supervision30%: foster care placements / preparing for adoption20%: kinship care placements10%: residential care placements
5The GIRFEC Values and Principles: Promoting the wellbeing of individual children and young peopleKeeping children and young people safePutting the child at the centreTaking a whole child approachBuilding on strengths and promoting resiliencePromoting opportunities and valuing diversityProviding additional help that is appropriate, proportionate and timelySupporting informed choiceWorking in partnership with familiesRespecting confidentiality and sharing informationPromoting the same values across all working relationshipsMaking the most of bringing together each worker’s expertiseCo-ordinating helpBuilding a competent workforce to promote children and young people’s wellbeing
6We should aim not to:‘…reinforce negative stereotypes of looked after children and young people that not only insult them as individuals but also make it virtually impossible for them to make their way in the world.’(Hare & Bullock, 2006)
7Key Messages Looked after children as a group have poor outcomes. Many looked after children do well at school.Scottish Government strategy is outlined in the: We Can And Must Do Better report (2007).Local authorities corporate parent’ responsibilitiesChildren can be looked after ‘at home’ and ‘away from home’.Schools should ensure that specific educational objectives are included in the Child’s Plan.Every school should appoint a ‘designated manager’.
8Follow-upChildren’s Hearing system web site:CELCIS website:Scottish Government statistics about children & young people:GIRFEC: