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Project Summary


In January 2015 the Welsh Government commissioned the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) to conduct a study with care-experienced children and young people to explore their aspirations and experiences of education.


The project's full title is 'Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after* children in Wales', however it is usually known as 'The LACE Project’!

*The term 'care experienced' children is now a widely used term in the sector instead of 'looked after' children, and refers more broadly to anyone who has experience of being in care, regardless of their placement length, type or age. 

The LACE Project

Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked* after children in Wales

Dawn Mannay, Eleanor Staples, Sophie Hallett, Louise Roberts, Alyson Rees, Rhiannon Evans and Darren Andrews, Cardiff University

Creative Outputs

Alongside the report and executive summary, CASCADE also produced a number of innovative visual materials to help disseminate the findings and recommendations of the research to a diverse range of audiences. These include:

Music Videos

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Explore Resources



> Read about the latest updates

Care and Education Events


Case Studies

> Examples of current care and education practice in Wales

Practice Materials

> Resources used by education and social care practitioners

Research and Reviews of Practice

> A range of articles and reports from across the UK


Government Policy and Strategies

Focus Pages



> #MessagesToSchools

> Care Leavers Toolkit

> Getting More Involved

>Residential Care Conference

>Cultural & Creative Engagement

From Foster Carers for Foster Carers

From Young People For Young People


Key Contacts

> For further advice and collaboration


Please note that unless otherwise stated, all materials are sourced externally.  While we make every effort to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the website, we cannot accept responsibility for the content of external links or the use of downloaded / accessed materials hosted here.

Aspirations of Looked After Children in Wales

Looked after children's opinions on what needs to change in education 

Looked after children and education in Wales 

Educational experiences of looked after children in Wales 



Messages to Schools


Following on from the LACE project, CASCADE received further funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for work around ‘Improving the educational experiences and attainment of looked after children and young people’


Consultations with children and young people led to the development of these key #messagestoschools:



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Contact us: +4429 2068 8722   /   /  CASCADE, 1-3 Museum Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BD

Cysylltwch â ni: +4429 2068 8722   /   /  CASCADE, 1-3 Lle Amgueddfa, Caerdydd, CF10 3BD

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