'What about me?' Stories of the educational experiences of care experienced children and young people in a Scottish local authority

Daniela Mercieca (Lead / Corresponding author), Duncan Mercieca, Leisa Randall

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Abstract

This qualitative study explores the educational experiences of looked after children and young people in one Scottish local authority. The preoccupations of government are academic achievement and school attendance but these are not the prime concerns of the children, carers and professionals involved. Moreover, they can be both enhanced and restricted by the background characteristics and care situations of the young people and the responses of schools to their needs and behaviour. Five influential factors emerged from interviews and focus groups with professionals, carers and young people: behaviour: tagged!, school attendance, carers as educators, friendships, and communication between home and school. Each of them is discussed with extended quotations that convey the voices of participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-190
Number of pages18
JournalAdoption and Fostering
Volume45
Issue number2
Early online date6 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Care experienced children and young people
  • Scotland
  • academic achievement
  • schooling
  • education of looked after children
  • Care-experienced children and young people

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