Education valued by children in care

Children in care recognise the importance of a good education and
believe it will improve their career prospects, according to a
report published this week.

Ninety-seven per cent of children in care questioned by the
government’s social exclusion unit and the Who Cares? Trust cited
education as important. Minister for social exclusion, Barbara
Roche, said the results were encouraging but that more needed to be
done to ensure they could fulfil their potential.

Sixteen per cent felt they were treated worse at school because
they were in care, 15 per cent had to move schools more than four
times because of changes in care placements, and two-thirds were

More than half of children who were excluded from school felt this
would not have happened had they received more support.

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