Looked-after children in Westminster get ‘pushy parents’

Councillors in Westminster are to act as champions for looked-after children to help improve their educational outcomes.

The 18 councillors who have signed up to the scheme will work behind the scenes, without direct contact with the child, to play the role a “pushy parent” otherwise might.

They will monitor the child’s progress on a monthly basis and maintain close contact with social care staff.

The educational performance of looked-after children is notoriously low, with only 11 per cent of children in care in England passing five GCSEs at grade A* to C last year, compared with 56 per cent of all children.

A looked-after children green paper, expected next week, will focus on improving their educational outcomes.

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