Learning and Work for Care Leavers in Wales and England

To mark the start of National Care Leavers’ Week, Learning and Work Institute is launching new ways to improve the chances for Looked After Young People and Care Leavers.


The picture in Wales


At present, looked after children have a 46% attainment rate at Key Stage 3 – compared to the average of all children which is 81%. 40% of 19-year-old care leavers are not in education, employment or training (NEET).


The Welsh Government’s target is for 75% of care leavers on their 19th birthday to be in education, employment or training by 2018.


Learning and Work Institute, working with the Welsh Government, has developed a new way for learning providers to monitor how they work with looked after young people and care leavers.


In the resource, they will find examples of good practice, reflective questions and an action planning tool to assess colleges’ and training providers’ current performance.


Cerys Furlong, Director of Learning and Work Institute in Wales, said:

“Our ongoing work in Wales, that supports the Welsh Government’s strategy for care leavers, will provide targeted support to colleges to improve their outcomes for care leavers and deliver training sessions to raise awareness of care leavers’ needs.”


The resource can be downloaded here: Looked After Young People and Care Leavers toolkit