Media Alert: New Report Shows Education Failing Children In Care

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Further enquiries contact: 

Andrew Yule (Anglicare Victoria) on 0448 380 455 or 9412 6137 or

Cassie Wells (Wesley Mission Victoria) on 0466 205 772 or 9666 1277 or

Media Alert


30 June 2010

Child Safety Commissioner launches new report on

education outcomes for children in care


Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary OAM will launch the new report

Care-system Impacts on Academic Outcomes from Anglicare and Wesley

Mission uncovering the extent of disadvantage suffered by children and

young people in out-of-home care accessing the education system and

highlighting recommendations to improve outcomes.

Where: Treetops at Melbourne Museum,

Upper Level,

11 Nicholson St Carlton VIC

When:  10.00am - 11.30am Wednesday 30 June 2010

Children in out-of-home care are changing schools often, repeating grades,

dropping out early and suffering higher rates of mental and physical health

conditions which limit their participation at school a new report from Anglicare

Victoria and Wesley Mission Victoria has found.

The findings show that children in care can be categorised into three groups in terms

of their education – ‘damaged’, ‘disengaging’ and ‘doing well’. 

On average, children categorised as damaged were about 12 years old and had

been in care for more than seven years. Almost nine in 10 had a long-term health

condition, more than half had learning difficulties, a third had repeated a grade and

one quarter had been suspended from school.


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