Brotherhood of St Laurence

June 2010 Bibliography : p. 58-61 SCHOOL TO WORK

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. Despite the importance of a quality education, children and youth who live away from the families of their birth parents are known to experience poor education outcomes compared to children and young people in the community generally. Although Australian research is somewhat limited, the findings are unequivocal; children in out-of-home care perform academically below what is normal for their age, are at risk of disengaging or are disengaged from school and often don t achieve any academic qualification.



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