The House of Commons Education Committee is to carry out an inquiry into children’s homes, as part of its continuing work examining the issues faced by left behind groups.
The Committee notes that just 7 per cent of looked-after children achieve a good pass in GCSE English and Maths compared with 40 per cent of non-looked after children, while in the longer-term, around a quarter of both homeless people and those in prison are care-leavers. Looked-after children are four times more likely to have a special educational need (SEN) than other children. Children aged 16-17 living in children’s homes are 15 times more likely to be criminalised than their peers of the same age.
The Committee’s inquiry is likely to examine areas including:
- The data on academic outcomes and progression to destinations such as employment, apprenticeships and higher education for children and young people living in children’s homes.
- What can be done to improve educational and longer-term outcomes for children and young people living in children’s homes.
- The disproportionately high rates of criminalisation of young people in children’s homes.
- What further support is needed to improve outcomes for children with special educational needs in children’s homes.
- The quality of care, support and safeguarding in children’s homes.
- The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the children’s residential care sector, and on the demand for children’s home places.
The full terms of reference for the inquiry will be published shortly along with a call for written evidence. The Committee will be welcoming written evidence from everyone with experience of working in children’s homes, academic and policy experts, and young people who live or who have lived in a children’s home.
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