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 Andrew.yule@anglicarevic.org.au

Cassie Wells (Wesley Mission Victoria) on 0466 205 772 or 9666 1277 or cwells@wesley.org.au

Media Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


30 June 2010

Child Safety Commissioner launches new report on

education outcomes for children in care


What: 

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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